Bernard Di Gregorio
has been the Principal Viola with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 1991. He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia where he also holds the position of Artist-in-Residence with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. A strong advocate of music being part of the public education system curriculum, through this position, along with his symphonic duties, he teaches string classes in several schools in the Charleston area.
Being active as a performer takes him to many different areas of the country. In the summer months he is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and he has also been a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Di Gregorio has performed with the Columbus(Ohio) Symphony, and he has been the Assistant Principal Viola with the Wintergreen Music Festival. Other local orchestral engagements have included Principal Violist with the Seneca Chamber Orchestra and the Ohio Valley Orchestra in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Mr. Di Gregorio has appeared as a soloist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in the past, and as a recitalist on with the Kanawha Forum Recital series in Charleston, the Hollins College Artist Series, and various other venues in his home the area. He has also performed as guest artist with the Montclaire String Quartet and each summer as part of the New Hampshire Music Festival Chamber Music Series.
As a composer, his Symphony for String Orchestra was premiered by the Seneca Chamber Orchestra in May 2003, and “Scenes From the Old Country” for Cello and Piano, written for and performed by his wife, Andrea Di Gregorio of the Montclaire String Quartet was premiered in Charleston and also performed in the New Hampshire Music Festival Chamber Series in 2009.
Mr. Di Gregorio maintains his own private studio at home with students of violin and viola. Working with the West Virginia Youth Symphony as a sectional instructor and chamber music coach is also part of his schedule.
He has studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and holds a diploma in viola performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass. where his principal instructor was George Neikrug.