Annelle Kazumi Gregory began studying violin at an early age and currently studies under Michael & Irina Tseitlin at the California Institute of Music.
Annelle is a gold medalist of the 2012 National NAACP ACT-SO competition and a laureate of the 2013 National Sphinx Competition. In 2010, as part of a national tour, Annelle performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Sphinx Virtuosi, a 20-piece string ensemble. She also recorded with the ensemble on their debut album, “Sphinx Virtuosi: Live in Concert.”
Annelle has won 1st place in the following competitions:
- 2013 La Jolla Symphony Young Artists Competition
- 2012 National NAACP ACT-SO Competition
- 2012 Long Beach Mozart Festival Concerto Competition
- 2012 & 2010 San Diego ASTA Competition
- 2012 Jester Hairston Scholarship Competition
- 2012 NANM Georgia Laster Branch Scholarship Competition
- 2012 Bellflower Symphony Concerto Competition
- 2012 Los Angeles MTAC-VOCE Competition
- 2012 MTAC Concerto Competition
- 2011 Torrance Symphony Concerto Competition
- 2011 H. B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition
- 2011 & 2010 San Diego MTAC-VOCE Competition
- 2011, 2010, & 2009 San Diego MTAC-VOCE Chamber Music division
- 2009 SDYS Sinfonia Concerto Competition
Annelle has also received scholarship awards from the League of Allied Arts and the Musical Merit Foundation.
In 2012, Annelle was the concertmaster and featured soloist for the CIM International Festival Orchestra at Weikersheim Castle in Germany. She has also performed as a soloist with the Torrance Symphony, Bellflower Symphony, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival Orchesra. Annelle has been featured on Detroit Public Television, KUSC Classical Radio, and San Diego’s classical radio station, 104.9 FM.
In addition to Carnegie Hall, Annelle has performed at numerous venues, including Weikersheim Castle, Germany; Teatro Miranda, Viana do Castelo, Portugal; Harris Theatre, Chicago; Reid Castle, New York; AT&T Center, Los Angeles; Orchestra Hall, Detroit; Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego; Humphrey’s Backstage, San Diego; Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival; and California Center for the Arts, Escondido.
Annelle has played piano since age 4. She has also played drumset, bass guitar, and guitar and composes music in a variety of styles from classical to rock. Annelle has studied and performed tap, jazz, flamenco, and Japanese classical dance. In addition to music, she enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her two cats, Suzy and Furball.