Tyrone Greive to retire after 34 years as professor of violin

Tyrone Greive

“Music is more than a profession; it is a way of life.”

So says Tyrone Greive after 34 years as professor of violin at UW-Madison. Greive will retire this spring, but the indefatigable musician, well-known to Madison audiences as the former concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, will still teach, perform and indulge his lifelong passion for Polish string literature.

On the teaching side, Greive will still be found in the music building, as he has offered to voluntarily help six current students finish their degree requirements. Meanwhile, his former students can be found teaching, conducting and performing all over the world.

Prof. Greive was also a tireless supporter of the UW’s Summer Music Clinic, an annual month-long event that supports and teaches aspiring musicians in middle and high school.  http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/smc/

Says Anne Aley, director of the Summer Music Clinic: “It is hard not to describe Tyrone Greive without a cascade of positive phrases as he has done so much to inspire the students who have attended the UW Madison Summer Music Clinic. Amiable, talented, vitally interested in each and every student, Tyrone invariably took the time to get to know the students as individuals, was unfailingly encouraging as a musical mentor, and enthusiastically admiring of all of their endeavors.”

“[He] consistently brought the house down on faculty recitals with his technically and musically show-stopping (and sometimes tongue-in cheek) performances. He maintained the sense of community that forms at a music camp and corresponded with students throughout the school year and continued to encourage and be delighted with their achievements over years of musical growth and achievements. We will miss him!”

Retirement will also give Prof. Greive more time to indulge in his latest project: a book manuscript tentatively titled “Polish Violin Repertoire, in its historical and cultural context.”  Learning about Polish string music is his lifelong passion, which has resulted in numerous discoveries of previously unknown music scores, multiple journal articles, several research grants and awards.

His performance editions of both Polish and non-Polish violin music, often created from manuscripts found in Polish libraries, have been published by PWM Editions of Kraków, Poland and Masters Music, Hildegaard Publications and International Music in the US. 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 also has two CD recording of Polish violin-piano music made with Ellen Burmeister, UW-Madison professor emerita of piano.

Prof. Greive, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, came to UW in 1979 after earning a bachelor’s degree from Morningside College and MS and DMA degrees from Carnegie-Mellon and University of Michigan. He began his tenure at the Madison Symphony Orchestra in 1979 (with his wife, Janet Greive, serving as first stand cellist for the same time period) and together they retired in 2010.

On May 3 at 8 p.m., in a free concert with the UW Symphony Orchestra in Mills Hall, Professor Greive will perform the Concerto No. 2, op. 61 by Karol Szymanowski. The concert will be repeated on May 4 at 7 p.m. in a ticketed performance at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac.


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