Biography

 

Gregory James Gross was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.

His early musical influences were varied, spanning from the traditional accordion to the roots of Chicago blues, jazz, and rock. Greg started working professionally at the age of 16, playing piano, organ, and synthesizer in various bands throughout the Chicago area.

He was a founding member of the Chicago Rock band “Christian Friday”.

Greg’s interest in classical music led him to the Chicago Conservatory of Music where he won a scholarship in composition. While enrolled there Greg studied orchestration, composition, and classical piano with Louis LaPorta, Tex Richardson, and Alvena Reckzeh. He went on to graduate cum laude with a bachelors degree in Music Composition.

Greg’s post-graduate studies included jazz composition and piano at the American Conservatory of Music with Willie Pickens and jazz theory with Alan Swain at DePaul University.

After his studies at music school, Greg decided to see the planet. He took two years to travel alone around the world, going overland from London to India, then on thru Nepal, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, and back to the States. The music, along with the different cultures he saw and heard, enriched him as much as all of the time he spent in school.

After his travels, Greg moved to Los Angeles, where he began to use these different influences composing music for Dance, Film, Television, and Theater projects.

Always interested in the music of the world, Greg loves to use different textures and styles to capture the right mood for any given piece of music he works on.

Greg has scored feature films for both television and theatrical release, including work for The Triple Crown of Surfing, Miss Texas, Deathrow Gameshow, An Early Grave, and The Twin. He has written music for animated films such as the D.A.R.E. program sponsored by the National School Foundation.

He has done theater work as a Musical Director, Composer and Songwriter including co-writing all of the songs for the musical comedy, Nudist Colony of the Dead.

As a songwriter, Greg has signed a publishing deal with PolyGram International and with Meisel Music in Germany. He has worked with the National Association of Songwriters and has written featured songs and theme songs for both Film and Television in the USA and Germany.

Greg has also produced and released two CD’s; Two Worlds Apart and Turn Of The Century, with his group “Earth To Earth” on 9th House Records. Along with this work, Greg has composed and arranged music for both Radio and Television commercials in the US and Canada.

As a Keyboardist, Greg has done extensive live work touring throughout the USA, Japan, and Europe. He has also played on many recording sessions, doing keyboard and solo piano work for Record, Film, and Television dates.

Greg is now living in Berlin / Germany, where he is working as a composer, songwriter, and musician.