Walter Gray has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Mexico, the Far East, and Europe, including performances in Moscow, Odessa, Zagreb, Seoul, and Tokyo. He was a founding member of the Kronos Quartet and for over five years presented hundreds of concerts including numerous world premieres. He has continued to be a new music enthusiast performing with the New Performance Group, Quake, and Music of Remembrance.
“The evening closed with a shatteringly beautiful rendition of Samuel Barber’s Sonata for Violoncello and Piano”
Many recordings followed which include those of John Cage, Paul Schoenfield, Jake Heggie, Chinary Ung, Paul Dresher, and Janice Giteck. As a record producer Mr. Gray has worked for the London Symphony, Seattle Symphony, North West Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival and numerous solo and chamber musicians.
Mr. Gray grew up in Seattle and San Francisco and is a graduate of Lowell High School. He was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony and studied cello with Raymond Davis and Robert Sayre. He then attended the Curtis Institute of Music where his primary teachers and coaches included Orlando Cole, Eugene Lehner, Mischa Schneider, Felix Galimir, and members of the Guarneri String Quartet.
“Gray played with his usual intensity and flair…the cello’s lyrical possibilities are realized.” (The Seattle Times)
A member of the Seattle Symphony since 1979, Mr. Gray has performed as soloist with the orchestra several times. He has taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Mills College, Cornish College of the Arts, Western Washington University, the University of North Texas, and Seattle University. The first week of December you will find Mr. Gray working with students of Stephen Balderston at De Paul University during “Cello Slam”. In the summer he makes regular appearances at the Olympic, Marrowstone, New Hampshire, and Grand Teton Music Festivals.
Outside of work Mr. Gray is an avid runner, hiker, sailor (well, more of a cruiser), and sometimes even a bowler and golfer!