Learn more about Irish violinist Gregory Harrington, as well as his cellists, Eleanor Norton and Philip Sheegog, who appear in our upcoming digital event, Gregory Harrington: A Concert from the Irish Rep Stage
Born in Dublin and based in New York City, violinist Gregory Harrington is redefining the classical virtuoso for the 21st century. His unique ability to transform popular jazz, rock and pop music into brand new violin concert pieces has enthralled audiences around the world. As noted by critics, Mr. Harrington juxtaposes Bach and Bob Dylan, Beethoven and Leonard Cohen, Radiohead and Johnny Cash to staggering effect. As a performer/arranger with orchestra or his performing groups, Harrington’s cross-cultural and wide-reaching appeal has brought him to perform for Presidents and Vice Presidents, celebrities, heads of state, the United Nations and millions of music fans around the globe.
In 2006 he founded a record label, Estile Records, having released 4 critically acclaimed albums to date. On stage, his transcriptions of iconic songwriters, classical masterworks and film score greats have all received acclaim in performance and on recordings. His fourth album “Without You”, was released in June 2019 and comprises 11 emotionally charged tracks of re-imagined pop and jazz love songs for jazz quartet. In November 2020, he will release a recording of Philip Glass’ music with the Janacek Philharmonic and conductor Mark Shapiro. This CD will include his own arrangement of the “Hours Suite” (based on the Oscar nominated score) and the Violin Concerto No. 2 “American Four Seasons”.
Today, Harrington is one of Ireland’s most recognized artists, having performed all over the world as soloist with many orchestras such as the San Diego Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, RTE Concert Orchestra and the Janacek Philharmonic under Thomas Wilkins, Robert Houlihan, Mariusz Smolij and Mark Shapiro amongst others. He was invited by NBC LIVE to open the St Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue in New York and has performed anthems for iconic sports teams including the Green Bay Packers to at Lambeau Field and the Irish Rugby team at Soldier Field.
He performs on a 2007 Stefan-Peter Greiner violin. gregoryharrington.com
Eleanor Norton is a New York City based cellist known for her versatility and lyricism. From Adele to Jay Z, from Coachella to Saint Denis, Eleanor appears with a coterie of artists across genres and platforms. She regularly performs on television including “The Tonight Show” with David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live,” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Extensive tours with long-time collaborators Alan Cumming, Natalie Merchant, Kristjan Jarvi’s Absolute Ensemble. World tours with Adele, The Jonas Brothers, Joshua Radin, and Arlo Guthrie. Broadway includes: cello chair Cher Show, substitute cello Hadestown, Moulin Rouge, Mean Girls, Jagged Little Pill, The King and I, My Fair Lady, and The Last Ship. Broadway tour: Little Women. Off-Broadway: For The Last Time, Einstein’s Dreams. Eleanor was the cello coach and music consultant for Saffron Burrows on the Amazon Prime TV Show “Mozart in The Jungle.”
Eleanor is endorsed by NS design electric strings and Mezzo-Forte Carbon Instruments, and her primary instrument was made in 2015 by Peter Westerlund. eleanornortoncello.com
Cellist Philip Sheegog is a dynamic collaborative artist who maneuvers within a diverse array of musical personas with ease. His artistic versatility and fearless commitment has made him sought out on all ends of the musical spectrum, from the hip-hop/classical collective ShoutHouse to The MET Breur’s first commissioned sound-based installation — Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra. A passionate advocate for collaboration and commissioning, Mr. Sheegog has premiered over seventy new works by living artists. Current projects include a genre-bending violin/cello duo, ARKAI, and a world music educational program, Global Perspectives. Mr. Sheegog holds his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, and is a recipient of the 2017 John Erskine Prize, the Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant, and Chamber Music America’s inaugural Ensemble Forward Grant. philipsheegog.com