Gregory Sioles, 2016 Core Faculty
Gregory Sioles, Associate Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an Atwater Kent Grand Prize and a Fulbright Scholarship for study in London. He has performed on three continents at such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Purcell Room on London's South Bank, Berlin's Amerika Haus, and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.
At his London debut in 1983 Sioles was hailed by the London Times as "an exciting pianist... with perfect poise and control." Following his debut he made recital appearances in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Scotland. He has also performed extensively throughout the United States and been a featured artist on National Public Radio. Sioles is active as a soloist with orchestras, most recently the Ohio Valley Symphonies and the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and as a recitalist. He is also an avid chamber musician who has collaborated with many artists, including Edgar Meyer, Barry Tuckwell, the Guarneri String Quartet, and members of the Baltimore and National Symphonies. Part of the Washington music scene for over a decade, Sioles has performed in many of the city's most important halls from the Kennedy Center and National Gallery of Art, to the Cosmos Club and the Phillips Collection, where he has appeared both as a recitalist and chamber artist. He also participated in the Smithsonian's celebration of the piano's 300th year, and has given chamber performances at Strathmore Hall, the French Embassy, and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Recent international engagements have taken him to Taiwan with bassist Yung-Chiao Wei, where he performed and presented master classes in five major Taiwanese cities including Kaohsiung and Taipei. In summer, 2015, Sioles traveled to Panama and Costa Rica where he taught and gave both chamber and solo performances.
His solo CD on Centaur Records was praised by Fanfare: "The same qualities that make his Clementi spring to life also illuminate his Schubert--namely, nimble, lucid finger work and a deep affection for the glowing beauty and wisdom of the music". Another CD (also on Centaur) of French Sonatas with the violinist, Lin He, was released on January 1, 2010, and most recently a disc of Brahms Clarinet Sonatas played on the Alto Saxophone by Griffin Campbell is available through cdbaby.com.
Sioles' principal teachers were Gyorgy Sebok, Maria Curcio Diamand, for whom he served as a teaching assistant, Victor Aller, and Aube Tzerko. He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and the Master of Music degree from Indiana University, where he was both a fellowship recipient and, subsequently a guest lecturer in piano for five years. More recently, Sioles has taught on the faculties of the University of Maryland, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.