Born in Hamilton into a musical family, Grenville’s love for music was ignited at the tender age of seven, when his tiny fingers clutched his first violin. With his mother playing and teaching piano, a choir-master father who also sings and two professional pianist sisters, this melodious environment – coupled with countless recitals and performances – further fuelled Grenville’s love for the stage and entertaining others.
Classically-trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Grenville became a valued member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra but wanted even more, that is, to make his uniquely personal mark on the music scene. Being an overachiever, concurrent with his musical studies, Grenville – aka “G” – also earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. Grenville’s religious roots as an altar boy combined with his adventures in runway modelling and spinning tunes as a DJ, contributed to his fiery yet soulful mastery of the violin, while shaping his versatility and honing his showmanship.
Grenville’s fascination with the violin started with the sound it produces. “You don’t just strike a key and it produces a sound: you produce the sound from different parts of your body and from your whole being. Your expressions come from the inside and it shows. When I play the violin, I become the violin!”
Grenville has ignited concert stages with accomplished artists including two time Juno Award winner singer/songwriter Serena Ryder, tenor Michael Ciufo, famed instrumental guitarist Pavlo (Simtikidis), International Pops Symphony singer/songwriter Sarah Pacheco and many others. He has performed in venues across North America, in diverse TED Talks, as well as appearing on various national TV shows, including Rich Bride Poor Bride and 100 Huntley Street.
Having already released 5 albums to date – with his ESCAPE CD launched in 2019 – Grenville’s self-professed pinnacle occurred just last year. His personally-staged concerts were played to sell-out crowds in Toronto and Hamilton, as he brought his musical magic to the stage with invited guests, including multiple Juno and Grammy Award winner, Liberty Silver.
Through his astounding repertoire of 1200+ songs – that he plays by heart, on the spur of a request – this enchanting dynamo of a violinist fuses the Cool into Classical, the Soul into Soca, and the Rhythm into Rock. In his quest to be memorable in the hearts of his listeners, Grenville has been invited to perform for notables including Bill Clinton, Ed Mirvish, Justin Bieber & his family, and Ben Mulroney, to name a few. Although he is classically-trained, Grenville’s incredible repertoire includes Chart-toppers, R&B, Opera, Easy Listening, Hip Hop, ‘Bollywood’ and Ethnic genres and of course, Rock.
Audiences across Europe and North America have delighted in Grenville’s passionate interpretations of songs – old, new and his world-class original compositions – that, through his lightning fingers and spiccato-spirited, passionate bowing, transform his violin into a virtual extension of himself.
During our depressing, COVID-challenged days, this magnanimous man with a most generous heart actually reinvented himself. He created his own little streaming ‘virtual TV station’ and reached out to his 10,000+ followers on various social media channels, by streaming live concerts on Saturday nights, taking requests as he uplifted the spirits of his followers. In the midst of the pandemic-decimated entertainment industry, donations to his ‘virtual tip jar’ on Instagram and Facebook were welcomed, helping to offset his mounting equipment costs, propelling him to continue his weekly serenades.
In addition – having the utmost of respect for the elderly – Grenville brought smiles through his performances in the parking lots of Seniors’ Residences, where wheel-chairs and walkers lined the paths. He transitioned his talents from the familiarity of well-lit stages, to celebrate memorable anniversaries, birthdays and even weddings… all socially distanced in driveways and COVID-conscious venues across the GTA! Not stopping there, Grenville – who cherishes his family – also created a COVID-centered YouTube rap video “Rough Times” with his young nieces Avery and Clara, who actually wrote the inspirational words. Through these tough times, Grenville’s benevolent initiatives really exemplified that ‘we are all in this together’.
Even as we write, new melodies are reverberating through Grenville’s senses, getting entered into his ‘vault’, to be fused into melodies that will stir the soul. COVID may have changed the landscape of our social encounters, but music will always remain an integral part of holiday festivities. Invite Grenville to your celebrations – or link into his mini concerts – and experience firsthand the endless passion, and the intimate musical connections he makes with his followers, while fulfilling his lifelong dream:
“To Be a Bolt of Lightning on the Musical Landscape”