Violinist Grant Houston connects with listeners through diverse performances known for dynamic programming and unbridled musical energy. Sharing chamber music and solo works both within and beyond traditional concert settings, Houston has performed across the world, notably at the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Germany, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program in Vermont, Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, and Music Academy of the West in California, where he collaborated with renowned pianist Jeremy Denk on a guest artist recital. As the violinist of Trio Gaia, a piano trio formed in 2018 with pianist Andrew Barnwell and cellist Yi-Mei Templeman, Houston’s chamber music accolades include the Vianello Family Audience Prize at the 2019 Plowman Competition and the distinction of Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory. Recently, Trio Gaia has performed at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall.
Committed to bringing music beyond the formal concert setting, Houston frequently organizes recitals in partnership with schools, senior homes, libraries, and other community settings, and in recent months has brought creative programming into the virtual space. As a recipient of NEC Community Performances and Partnerships Fellowships, he has performed unique and educational recital and piano trio programs to many Boston-area audiences through partner organizations.
A keen proponent of contemporary music, Houston has worked with numerous composers to premiere works that span the breadth of the genre. Recent projects have included a recital focusing on solo violin works of living composers Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Salvatore Sciarrino, and upcoming endeavors include the commissioning of an immersive, audience-interactive piece with Trio Gaia.
Houston has performed for artists Hilary Hahn, Rachel Barton Pine, Martin Beaver, Inon Barnatan, and Stefan Jackiw among many others, and has worked with members of the Cleveland, Cavani, Brentano, St. Lawrence, Prazak, and Miami string quartets. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Grant has studied violin with Ayano Ninomiya and Donald Weilerstein, and chamber music with Merry Peckham and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. He currently performs on a 1757 Michele Angelo Bergonzi violin on loan from a private foundation.