Grammy nominated marimba and percussion artist Greg Giannascoli was a winner of the 2001
Artist International New York Recital / Young Artist Competition and was also top prizewinner of
the 1997 Patrons of Wisdom International Young Artist Competition held in Toronto, Canada. He
has won a grant for a custom marimba from the Philadelphia Music Foundation, the Aronfreed
Solo Recital competition, the National Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist
Competition, the Montpelier Cultural Arts Society Recital Competition, and the South Orange
Symphony, Rowan University, Rutgers University, and Virginia Commonwealth University
concerto competitions. Greg has studied extensively with William Moersch, Donald Bick and Dean
Witten. He has also had occasional coaching sessions with Michiko Takahashi, Nancy Zeltsman, Gordon Stout, Leigh Howard Stevens, Theodore Lettvin and Arnold Steinhardt.
Greg appears regularly on the Community Concert Association circuit in the United States. Greg
has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout North America, Europe and
Asia. He has performed recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Theatro Juarez in Mexico,
the Glenn Gould Studio in Canada and at the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International
Convention. Greg’s performances have been presented on CBC and NPR radio and PBS TV. In
the past few years Greg has premiered over 20 new works for the marimba including Changjun
Xu’s Phoenix for Marimba and Strings.
Greg recently toured China performing Phoenix with orchestras and solo recitals. In the 2017-18
season Greg will be performing a full program of works for marimba and winds by Japanese
composers. He will also be performing an entire solo marimba program of world premieres by
Juilliard Pre-college composition students. Greg will be recording these new works as well as a
CD of solo etudes and show pieces for the marimba.
Greg is currently writing a book about how to better play the marimba. Greg is interviewing
almost every important living marimba and xylophone artist about their opinions and the methods they use with their students. The list of artists interviewed includes: Keiko Abe, Bob Becker, Mike Burritt, Ian Finkel, Evelyn Glennie, Linda Maxey, William Moersch, Gordon Peters, Michael Rosen, Leigh Stevens, Gordon Stout, Michiko Takahashi, Doug Walter, Dean Witten and more.
Greg is a faculty member at the esteemed Juilliard Pre-College and is also the coordinator of the percussion department at New Jersey City University. He has presented master classes at some of the top music schools including the Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music. Greg performs exclusively on the Yamaha 6000 and 4600 marimbas and 2700 studio vibraphone, uses Malletech mallets and Sabian cymbals. Greg’s 5th solo CD, Prism Rhapsody, has recently been released. Greg performed with Orchestra 2001 on the Grammy nominated recording of George Crumb’s American Song Book VII; Songs of the Heartland.
Reviews of Greg’s performances include: “played brilliantly” – Charleston Gazette,
“Here is music played so well it would capture and hold anybody’s attention
indefinitely.”-Classical New Jersey, “With great mastery and two mallets in each hand
Giannascoli gave a true lesson with what can be done with this singular instrument.”-The National of Mexico City, “Creston’s Concertino...his performance was outstanding.”-Whit Magazine, “Giannascoli’s performance of Miyoshi’s works was nothing less than astonishing, both in terms of artistry and virtuosity...tremendous facility...startling display of clarity andprecision.”-Splendid Music Magazine. Reviews of Greg’s first CD, ‘Concertino’, include:
“...elegantly phrased and sensitively performed...sails confidently through the most challenging
technical passages.”-Percussive Notes. His most recent CD, ‘Prism Rhapsody’ was also
reviewed: “...extremely gifted and skilled performer...facility behind the instrument
apparent...virtuosic...precise...sensitive...beautiful lines...high caliber
performances...stellar on all accounts.” -Percussive Notes.