Biography
Jiyang Chen

Praised for his “effortless facility on the instrument” (South Florida Classical Review), Greg Zelek is increasingly recognized as one of the most exciting young organists in the American organ scene. In addition to concertizing throughout the United States, he has performed with orchestras as both a soloist and professional ensemble member. In 2011, Greg performed Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and in 2012 played Strauss’s Alpine Symphony with the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall conducted by Semyon Bychkov. He was the organist in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Faust, and performed twice with the New World Symphony in 2014, including a performance of Lukas Foss’s Phorion, under Michael Tilson Thomas, that was videoed and recorded for later screening. Greg was also featured as a guest soloist with the Ridgewood Symphony in New Jersey and most recently performed with The Florida Orchestra in January 2017.

Greg has performed in many different venues throughout the US, including a performance of Cochereau’s Bolero for Organ and Percussion in Alice Tully Hall, which was broadcast on American Public Media’s radio program Pipedreams. He also closed the WQXR Bach Marathon at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, which was streamed live on New York City’s only classical music station. A proponent of new music for the organ, Greg has premiered and performed works by fellow Juilliard composers and faculty, including Wayne Oquin’s Reverie and Samuel Adler’s Partita for Organ in concerts throughout the country.

Greg is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma as a student of Paul Jacobs at the Juilliard School. A recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship, Greg also received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Juilliard. He was the First Prize winner in both the 2012 Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and the 2012 West Chester University Organ Competition, and was selected as a 2010 NFAA YoungArts Silver Medal Winner. He won First Prize, as well as the “Bach Prize,” at the East Carolina University Organ Competition, was a prizewinner in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival, and was chosen by The Diapason magazine as one of the top “20 Under 30” organists in 2016, a feature which selects the most successful young artists in the field. Most recently, Greg was the Audience Prize winner and finalist in the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.

A native of Miami, Florida, Greg is currently the Music Director and Organist at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City. Prior to this appointment, he served as Organ Scholar at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, New York, under John King. Greg, who is a Cuban-American and a native Spanish speaker, was the Music Director of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Miami, and has served as the summer organist for San Pedro Apostol Church in Ramales de la Victoria, Spain. 

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