ANN GREF - ACCOMPANIST
Ann Gref began studying the piano at age 4, the violin in the 4th grade, and the flute in 5th grade. Originally from Atchison, Kansas, Ms. Gref received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin (with a minor in voice) and a Master of Music degree in violin from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. While obtaining her Masters degree, she was a Teaching Assistant in violin and a member of the Faculty String Quartet. Immediately following her post-graduate degree, she auditioned for and was awarded a violin position with the San Antonio Symphony. The following year, Ms. Gref started doctoral studies at the University of Georgia with Eduard Melkus and also became a member of the Georgia Quartet as a violist, performing the complete cycle of the Beethoven Quartets and a series of baroque music at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. Currently, Ms. Gref is a freelance musician, and has performed as pianist and violist with Mark O'Connor throughout the United States, and as the Principal violist with the Orchestra of San Dieguito and California Chamber Orchestra, and has soloed Bach's 6th Brandenburg Concerto. Recently, she performed viola with the orchestra for the Celtic Woman concert tour, and with the orchestras for the Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda concerts in Los Angeles. Ms. Gref is the accompanist for the choirs at Murrieta Valley High School and maintains a private studio of piano, viola, and violin students. She lives locally and has two sons.