About the Symphonie
The Manhattan Symphonie
was founded in the year 2005 by Gregory Singer who follows in his fatherfs (Conductor Jacques Singer) footsteps. This orchestra is comprised of musicians that are eager to play music without any limitations. The members are young virtuoso musicians eager to make their mark, as well as seasoned veterans of the three Lincoln Center orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
gThese are some of the finest musicians New York City has raised and nurtured.h Wrote Daniel Lucy of the NY-Tokyo Express publication in 2005. The Manhattan Symphonie enjoys performing American popular arrangements such as those by Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Copland and Irving Berlin, plus movie sound tracks as well as the great masterworks of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and more.
In 2007 The Amsterdam News wrote g Singerfs charming and witty commentaries put the large audience on first-name basis with each of the composers, sending out Good Vibes.h In August of 2008, The New York Sun wrote regarding The Manhattan Symphonie, gmost notable for the unbounded enthusiasm of the players who seemed to realize how blessed they were to be able to intone such heavenly music- a far cry from most local professional bandsh.
The orchestra has performed numerous concerts, outreach clinics, masterclasses, and fundraisers with many soloist, including violinists; Leonidas Kavakos, Nina Beilina, Ryu Goto (Midorifs brother), PeiWen Liao, Tong Tong and Cellists Wendy Warner, Nicholas Anderson, and Yoed Nir, Pianists; Katsura Tanikawa and Olga Venakur. The orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 and continues to perform primarily throughout the New York Tri-State area.
In 2009 the orchestra was invited to perform a series of concerts throughout China to celebrate 30 years of good relationship between The US and China. They visited 10 cities and performed 14 concerts during Christmas and New Years season. All concerts were very well received by the thousands in attendance on each occasion.
In 2010, on the anniversary of 9/11, The Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra gave a gala New York performance of the Dvorak gNew World Symphony,h as an appropriately chosen feature of the Third Annual Circle Wind Memorial Concert, honoring the fallen victims of the terrorist attacks nine years earlier. The highly enthusiastic response led to a return engagement for the orchestra a year later, to present a double musical tribute to both the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, and the numerous sufferers of the devastating earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011.
About the Conductor
is the founder and music director of the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra. Gregory Singer, son of renowned conductor Jacques Singer and concert pianist Leslie Singer, his musical talent bloomed at an early age, and has earned a reputation as a versatile musician. He studied at Indiana University, Meadowmount School for Strings, and the Juilliard School of Music.
Gregory Singer has worked as a studio musician on numerous movie and television soundtracks and recordings. He made his stage debut at the age of 11, performing the Wieniawski violin concerto #2 with the Oregon Symphony on a tour throughout the West coast.
Gregory has performed numerous chamber music concerts with Lukas Foss, Ruth Laredo and Mark Peskanov at the Barge Concert Series. He has also played with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Composers Orchestra and the American Symphony.
Maestro Singer has guest conducted The New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra. His unique technique and approach to the music on stage wows audiences and enables every concert to be a memorable experience. Mr. Singer is not only a fine violinist/conductor/composer, but is also a true entertainer.
Gregory loves sunshine, nature, bike riding, painting, collecting antique toys, movies, Staten Island Ferry rides, and many, many other things. He is also the owner of Gregory Singer Fine Violin, Inc. on the Upper West Side of New York City. Singer Fine Violins Website