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Faculty Biography
Tyrone Greive
Photo by Katrin Talbot, courtesy of the Madison Symphony Orchestra
Tyrone Greive
Professor Emeritus of Violin
Phone: (608) 263-1921

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Tyrone Greive has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1979 where he is professor of violin. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Greive earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Morningside College, from which he received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985. He holds the master's and doctoral degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Michigan, where his teachers were Sidney Harth and Angel Reyes, respectively. He also attended the Meadowmount School of Music, where he studied with Margaret Pardee, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied chamber music with Claus Adam, Robert Mann and Lilian Fuchs. In the spring of 2011, Greive retired as concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, a role he assumed in 1990; he has appeared as soloist with the orchestra a number of times. His extensive orchestral playing experience includes numerous other concertmaster posts, a role he began filling professionally at the age of 20 with the Lakeside, Ohio Summer Symphony and immediately after turning 21 with the Sioux Falls (now South Dakota) Symphony.

Greive has performed widely and frequently as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. In terms of programming he has become recognized for blending recognized standard masterworks with relatively little-known but deserving and appealing repertoire. He also has given many performances with his cellist-wife Janet in double concerti appearances and chamber music concerts. Reflecting his research of Polish violin music from all historical periods, he has devoted a number of recital, concerto and chamber music performances to this repertoire. One highlight was an all-Polish music recital at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City in March 2003. Greive has more than 70 publications to his name, including articles, reviews, translations, performance editions and recordings. His numerous articles on string pedagogy and repertoire have appeared in periodicals of national and international circulation such as Strings, The Strad, Journal of the Violin Society of America, American String Teacher and The Instrumentalist.

A large number of Greive's publications, as well as performances, is devoted to Polish music and the violin in Poland. Since joining the faculty in Madison, Greive has extensively studied Polish violin repertoire and the history of the instrument in Poland as well as making in-depth examinations of Poland's overall history and culture. Not Polish himself, his interest in Polish music was instigated by his late teacher, Warsaw-born violinist-conductor Leo Kucinski. With this research also including the receipt of several research grants and four trips to Poland (the first coinciding with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989), Greive's numerous articles about Polish music and the violin in Poland have been widely published. In addition, several of his editions of Polish violin music, created from manuscripts found in Polish libraries, have been published in Poland and the U. S. In February of 1998, Greive was named winner of a 1997 Stefan and Wanda Wilk Prize for Research in Polish Music sponsored by the Polish Music Research Center at the University of Southern California. He has two CD recordings of Polish violin-piano music made with Ellen Burmeister, UW-Madison professor emerita of piano and former associate director of the School of Music ("Polish Romantic Music of late 19th and 20th Centuries" and "The Polish Tradition"). Currently, he is working on a book entitled Polish Violin Repertoire and its Historical and Cultural Context.

Beginning his college-level teaching career just after turning 21, Greive held previous teaching positions in South Dakota and Texas. He has performed and taught at numerous summer music festivals and camps throughout the United States, such as the Lakeside (OH) Summer Symphony, Black Hills Fine Arts Center, the National Music Camp at Interlochen and the Bear Lake Music Festival in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. He has appeared as soloist and concertmaster for the Shreveport (LA) Summer Music Festival, where he has performed since 1979. Greive's numerous former students hold teaching and performing positions throughout the United States and abroad.