Scores to some of my compositions

Greg playing piano NYC, July 2006

Greg with Vladimir Horowitz at Steinway in NYC


Musical Background

Where does one begin? I began piano lessons officially in the fourth grade. I had my first keyboard when I was about four or five. It was a Yamaha and it featured the playcard system, an early precursor to the keyboards with computer discs today. We also had a Commodore 64 (That's an early family computer for those of you born after ~1982) and I would use a program called Music Processor to play music on the computer. It enabled me to record and playback what I played. Quite advanced for its time. This was my first exposure. I played everything from Are You Sleeping to Billy Joel and Paul McCartney. The playcard system allowed the user to play the melody and it would do all of the rhythm automatically and adjust the tempo to the speed of the user as well. Small lights above each key would light up when it was time to play that note. By the time I was old enough to start lessons with my teacher at school I was already playing hymns from the expired books at church. This was an excellent way to learn. Lessons were quite boring to me and I rarely practiced the lesson assigned. Rather, I was playing the Beatles, or television theme music. Mind you that this is all on an electric keyboard and not a piano. Eventually our family acquired an organ and I learned on it, but it was second rate and eventually it stopped working properly. Then one day my mother found a friend who had a friend who was looking to get rid of a piano. This was quite an exciting day! We drove about an hour to get this Kimball Artist Console. This was when I started to get more serious.

I really liked the sound of the piano in general, and I began to check out music CD's from the local library and heard for the first time the music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt. First was the Chopin Polonaise, you know the one, in A flat major, op. 53 played by none other thant the great Martha Argerich. There were also some solo works by Ashkenazy on this CD. I particularly recall the Polonaise in A major, op. 40, no. 1, the Etudes, op. 25, no. 11 (Winter Wind), op. 10, no. 3 and op. 10, no. 12 (Revolutionary.) This was amazing! I didn't know that such music existed! I then purchased my first book of classical music. It was called Classical Music Showstoppers. It had the Chopin op. 10, no. 3 and the op. 40, no. 1 and op. 53 Polonaises. I immediately began to learn the A major Polonaise, a common starting place for young pianists. My next book was all Chopin; a well rounded selection of all of the master's great works. I began listening to Rachmaninoff and Liszt and fell in love right away. Then one day it happened! I was channel surfing and came across the very beginning of a film called Vladimir Horowitz: A Reminiscence during a PBS pledge drive. I noticed that it was about a pianist so I continuted to watch and I was amazed. After the program, the concert Horowitz in Moscow was aired and I was hooked. I couldn't believe it! This was the beginning of what has become one of my most enjoyed pastimes. The study of Vladimir Horowitz and music and in particular that of Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Chopin, and most recently Medtner. That's the background. If you want to know more e-mail me.

This is me playing Vladimir Horowitz's Piano in January 2002.

Click the image to read about my first experience playing this piano in 2000.

Piano Concerts I've Attended

October 1, 1996

Beethoven: Piano Sonata, op. 81a, "Das Lebewhol"

Schumann: "Carnaval" op. 9

Chopin: Etudes, op. 10

Abbey Simon

UW Whitewater Irvin L. Young Auditorium

January 1997


Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1


Barry Douglas

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Uhilein Hall

Fall 1997


Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1

Lylia Zilberstein

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Uhilein Hall

Spring 1998

Beethoven: Piano Sonata, op. 57 "Appassionata"

Chopin Etudes, op. 25

Brian Ganz

UW Whitewater Irvin L. Young Auditorium

Fall 1998

Rachmaninoff: Suite for two pianos, op. 5


Karp Family

UW Madison

February 19, 1999

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 8, op. 13

Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26

Tchaikovsky, Selections from "The Seasons"

Balakirev: Islamey, "Oriental Fantasie"

Yefim Bronfman

UW Madison Union Theater


March 19, 1999

Bach-Busoni: Chorale Preludes

Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, op. 22


Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 36 - Revised Version

Wendy Chen

Madison Civic Center Starlight Theater

October 9, 1999

Berlioz: Overture Le Corsaire, Op. 21

Barber: Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

John Browning

Madison Civic Center Oscar Mayer Theater

January 29, 2000

Scriabin Piano Sonata nos. 2, 3, 4, 6 & 9

Scriabin: Vers la flamme, op. 72

Scriabin: Etude in D-sharp minor, op. 8, no. 12

Arthur Greene



Greig: Piano Sonata in E minor


Rachmaninoff: Preludes

Young Concert Artist Series (?)

Madison Civic Center Starlight Theater

September 2000


Beethoven: Concerto No.4


Andre Watts

Madison Civic Center Oscar Mayer Theater

March 11, 2001

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 "Appassionata"

Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat



Andre Watts

Orchestra Hall, Chicago

October 5, 2001

JS Bach:

  • Chorale-Prelude Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 711 (Arr. Samuel Feinberg)
  • Duetto No. 1, BWV 802
  • Sinfornia No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 795

Galina Ustvolskaya: Twelve Preludes (1953)

JS Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903

Ives: The Celestial Railroad

Ives: "The Alcotts" From Piano Sonata No. 2

Chopin: Mazurka in D major, op. 33, no. 2 and op. 59, no. 3

Chopin: Barcarolle, op. 60
Scherzo no. 4 in E major, op. 54

Alan Feinberg

UW Madison - Union Theater


Had tickets to see MARTHA ARGERICH/NELSON FRIERE in a two piano concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago fall 2001 which was CANCELLED (DISAPPOINTMENT BEYOND VERBAL DESCRIPTION)

Winter 2002

Schumann: Kreisleriana

Chopin: Scherzo No. 1, Ballade no. 4

Liszt: Benediction del Dieu dans la solitude

Andrea Bonatta

Farley's House of Pianos

September 2002


Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2


Andre Watts

Madison Civic Center Oscar Mayer Theater

April 2003


Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2

(Missed second half because I was backstage chatting with Thibaudet)

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Uhlein Hall

Summer 2003

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7

Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26

Chopin: Three Mazurkas

Chopin: Polonaise in F-sharp minor, op. 44

Arensky: Suite for Two Pianos

Copeland: Hoedown (from Rodeo, for two pianos)

Mischa Dichter/Cipa Dichter

Ravinia Festival, Chicago

January 2004

Bach: Partita 1 and 2

Chopin: Four Ballades

Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp minor, op. 64, no. 2

Vladimir Feltsman

Carnegie Hall, New York

May 7, 2004

Eötvös: zeroPoints

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

Gregory Vajda, conductor
Lilya Zilberstein, piano

Uihlein Hall, Milwaukee


July 7, 2004

Rachmaninoff: Pieces for piano Duet from op. 11

Arensky: Suite for Two Pianos

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano, op.19

Rachmaninoff: Preludes, Etudes-Tableaux

Scriabin Etude, op. 42

Mischa Dichter, Cipa Dichter

Ravinia Festival

July 16, 2004

Rachmaninoff: Dance Boheme op. 12

Rachmaninoff: Isle of the Dead, op. 29

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 (he plays the standard cadenza)

Garrick Ohlsson

Ravinia Festival

July 16, 2004

Beethoven: Sonata, op. 109

Beethoven: Sonata, op. 110

Schumann: Papillons, op. 2

Liszt: Dante Sonata

Beethoven: Sonata op. 111

Marc-André Hamelin

Mannes School of Music, New York, NY

July 17, 2004

Haydn: Sonata

Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat, op. 31, no. 2

Liszt: Ballade No. 2

d'Albert: Scherzo in F-sharp major, op. 16, no. 2

Respighi: Notturno

Moszkowski: Étincelles

Earl Wild

Mannes School of Music, New York, NY

July 17, 2004

Scarlatti Sonatas

Schubert Impromptu

Albeniz: From Iberia

Albeniz: From Iberia

Ravel: Valses Nobles et sentimentales

Rachmaninoff: Preludes

Tatum: Tea for Two
Liszt-Horowitz: Rakoczy March

Faculty Recital

Mannes School of Music, New York, NY

September 1, 2004

Haydn Sonata

Schumann Fantaisie, op. 17

Ives Sonata No. 2 "Concord"

Sciarrino Anamorfosi

Marc-André Hamelin

Ravinia Music Festival


October 5, 2004

Ravel Concerto for Left Hand

Liszt Totentanz

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Ravel La Valse

Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Charles Dutoit

Orchestra Hall, Chicago



February 1, 2005

Debussy: Images, Book, I

Rameau: three works

Debussy: Estampes

Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse

Chopin: 4 Ballades

Emmanuel Ax

Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI


February 26, 2005

Gershwin Song Transcriptions

Gershwin Second Rhapsody

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Bach: Partita


Gibbons: Music Box, etc.

Jack Gibbons

Carnegie Hall, NYC

April 1, 2005

Brahms: Haydn Variations

Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2, op. 17

Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations

Schubert: Rondo

Ravel: La Valse

Ravel: Mother Goose Selection

Rachmaninoff: Waltz from op. 11

Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire

Kimmel Center
Philadelphia, PA

April 3, 2005

Chopin: Polonaise op. 26, no. 1 & op. 26, no. 2

Chopin: Three Impromptus, opp. 29, 36 & 51

Chopin: Polonaise op. 40, no. 2 & op. 53

Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza, op. 38, no. 1

Stravinsky: Petrouchka Suite

Chopin-Liszt: Maiden's Wish

Moszkowski: Spanish Rhapsody

Tchaikovsky-Wild: Dance of the 4 Swans

Evgeny Kissin

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ


April 8, 2005

Mozart: Piano Sonata, K. 333

Grieg: 4 Pieces, op. 1

Grieg: Piano Sonata, op. 7

Liszt: Ballade No. 2

Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2, op. 36 (1931)

Grieg: Nocturne

Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Bennet-Gordon Hall
Ravinia Festival Grounds
Highland Park, IL


July 23, 2005

Marcello/Wild Adagio

Beethoven Sonata Op.10, No.3

Liszt Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este

Chopin Ballade No.3 in A flat Op.47

Chopin Fantaise-Impromptu, op. 66

Wild Jarabe Tapatio "Mexican Hat Dance"

Tchaikovsky-Wild: Dance of the 4 Swans

Earl Wild

Mannes College of Music

July 26, 2005


Großes Concertsolo

Scherzo and March


Fantasie on themes from Mozart's Don Juan and the Marriage of Figaro, completed by the pianist.

Petit Valse

Transcendental Etude

Leslie Howard

Mannes College of Music

August 2005

  • Vladigerov - Sonatina Concertante, op. 28
  • Chopin-Godowsky - Etudes
  • Wagner-Liszt - Isoldes tod
  • Verdi-Liszt - Ernani
  • Bellini-Liszt - Norma
  • Scriabin - Etude op. 2, no. 1
  • Chopin-Liszt - My Joys
  • Antheil - Jazz sonata

Marc-André Hamelin

Ravinia Festival

Severin Von Eckhardstein

  • Schumann - Fantasy, op. 17
  • Franck - Prelude, chorale and fugue
  • Ravel - Gaspard
  • Prokofiev - Sonata No. 4
  • Rzewski - Winnsboro Cottonmill Blues



November 3, 2005

  • Beethoven - Sonata - Pastorale
  • Chopin - Piano Sonata No. 3, op. 58
  • Rachmaninoff - Corelli Variations, op. 42
  • Ravel - Miriors
  • Kreisler-Rachmaninoff - Liebesleid
  • Chopin - Mazurka op. 17, no. 4
  • Chopin - Impromptu, op. 51

Abbey Simon

Ganz Hall - Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL

February 2, 2006

Scarlatti - Sonatas, K 87 & 27
Chopin - Barcarolle, op.60
Chopin - Three Mazurkas, op. 59
Chopin - Polonaise Fantasie, op. 61
Garrop - Degrees of Obsession
Gershwin-Wild - Fantasy on Porgy and Bess
Rimsky-Korsakoff-? - Flight of the Bumble-Bee

Graham Scott

Ganz Hall - Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL

January 29, 2006

Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 2
Liszt - La Campanella

Valentina Lisitsa

Pick-Staiger Hall
Northwestern University
Elmhurst, IL

with Jesus Jesús López-Cobos and the Chicago Philharmonic

March 9, 2006

  • F. Mendelssohn - Variations sérieuses in D minor, Op. 54
  • F. Mendelssohn/S. Rachmaninoff, Scherzo from a Midsummer Night's Dream
  • F. Chopin, Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35
  • S. Rachmaninoff, Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3, Élégie in E flat minor, Prélude in C sharp minor, Mélodie in E major, Polichinelle in F sharp minor, Sérénade in B flat minor
  • F. Liszt, Réminiscences de Don Juan
  • Mussorgsky-Rachmaninoff - Hopak
  • Wagner-Liszt Libestod
  • Charles Lisberg - Spinning Wheel
  • Rimsky-Korsakoff-Rachmaninoff - The Flight of the Bumble-Bee

Olga Kern

Lawrence University Chapel
Appleton, WI

March 10, 2006

Schumann - Arabesque, op. 18
Schumann - Fantasy, op. 17
Chopin - Four Scherzi, op. 20, 31, 39, 54

Alexander Kobrin

Ravinia Festival Grounds
Highland Park, IL

April 14 & 15, 2006

Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 1

Mikhail Rudy

Uihlein Hall
Milwaukee, WI

Gilbert Varga, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

April 30, 2006

Mozart - Sonata in C major, K. 330
Chopin - Piano Sonata no. 3, op. 58
Schumann - Kinderszenen, op. 15
Rachmaninoff - Preludes op. 23, nos. 2 & 5
Liszt - Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Liszt-Horowitz - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
? - Moonlight on the lake
? - Happy Holiday (Year of the dog)
Chopin - Etude in E major, op. 10, no. 3

Lang Lang

Orchestra Hall
Chicago IL

Stilil waiting for an opportunity to see/hear:

Arkady Volodos
Mikhail Pletnev
© 2008 Gregory Lile