Gregory Fritze is a prize-winning composer and performer. His compositions have been performed more than one thousand times in twenty-six countries. He has written over one-hundred compositions for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles and soloists. He has won over sixty composition awards both nationally and internationally, including First Prize in the TUBA International Etude Composition Competition in 1991 for Twenty Characteristic Etudes to Tuba.
He recently retired from Berklee College of Music where he was Professor of Composition and Tuba, serving on the faculty from 1979 to 2016. He was Principal Tubist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic from 1983 to 2016. His other performance activities include The Colonial Tuba Quartet, The Harvey Phillips Tuba Consort, Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble, Boston Brass Ensemble and others.
He did his undergraduate work at Boston Conservatory studying tuba with Chester Roberts and received his Masters degree at Indiana University while studying tuba with Harvey Phillips.
He has forty compositions commercially recorded on Albany Records, MSR Classics, Crystal Records, Mark Records and others. He has been a guest lecturer, conductor and performer at many colleges, universities and music festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan, South America and Europe. He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1954 and now resides in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.