This Fall Julian Gray will be joining the faculty of the Shenandoah Conservatory of the Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia where he has been appointed as Professor of Music and Director of the Guitar Studies. As he begins his new role at Shenandoah he will remain Chair of the Guitar Department at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University continuing his studio there.
Recognized as one of the most gifted and eminent performers, recording artists and teachers in the guitar world, Julian Gray's career over three decades include critically acclaimed recordings on the Dorian-Sono Luminus label and concert appearances and masterclasses throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. His work in helping to establish the guitar duo repertoire include his many arrangements for duo with partners Ronald Pearl and Serap Bastepe-Gray and the commissioning and premieres of works by composers such as Roberto Sierra, David Leisner, Gilbert Biberian, Loris Chobanian, William Bland, Oliver Hunt and Benjamin Verdery. His students are frequent top prize winners at major national and international solo guitar, guitar concerto and chamber ensemble competitions and his many former students are members of University, College and Conservatory faculties in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
In commenting on his new position, Mr. Gray stated "I am tremendously pleased to become a member of the faculty of the Shenandoah Conservatory. With a long tradition of excellence and community, exciting new hires as the great Irish pianist John O'Conor and Jonathan Snowden (former principal flute of the London Philharmonic) and the visionary leadership of Dean Michael Stepniak, I see nothing but the most exciting prospects for the Conservatory's future. I am also looking forward to exploring the creative synergies possible between the Shenandoah and Peabody Conservatories and partnerships with Shenandoah's vibrant Theatre and Dance programs."
For more information about the Shenandoah Conservatory, please visit http://www.conservatory.su.edu/