Pianist Greg McCallum R.I.P.



We run too many obits.

Pianist Greg McCallum, 51, died suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this week, in the prime of his life and career.

He had two concerts pending, the first on Feb. 21, with Duke faculty artists, and the second on Mar. 6, with the Ciompi Quartet, at the NC Museum of Art.

Until we know more, we’ll link to a celebratory review from a decade ago that apparently meant enough to him to include as a special feature at his website.

Our collective hearts go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and students everywhere.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, in Chapel Hill, and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 14, at Ashpole Presbyterian Church in Rowland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to his churches or to Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc., 1305 Navaho Dr #101, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Additional information is being posted here.

We run too many obits. This one’s more painful than most.


Here is the official Obituary for Gregory Campbell McCallum

Gregory Campbell McCallum, 51, of Durham, N.C., died Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Born on May 3, 1964, Gregory was the son of Martel B. and Ophelia McLean McCallum of Rowland, NC. He is survived by his brothers, Al McCallum and wife Christy of Woodruff, SC, and Stuart McCallum and wife Kay of Rowland, NC, his nephew, Justin Reaves of Fort Mill, SC, and his partner, Dr. Jesus Gonzalez of Winston Salem, NC. He was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Reaves.

Gregory was a concert pianist and teacher who performed across North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. He received music degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, Germany. Some of his teachers included Grace Watson, Michael Zenge, Arne Torger, Nelita True, Maria Curcio Diamand, and Ronald and Carlyle Hodges. Gregory’s complete biography may be viewed at www.gregmccallum.com.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at United Church of Chapel Hill, NC, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Ashpole Presbyterian Church in Rowland, NC. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to his churches or to Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc., 1305 Navaho Dr #101, Raleigh, NC 27609.

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7 thoughts on “Pianist Greg McCallum R.I.P.

  1. June Burbage

    I am stunned by the news of Gregg’s untimely death. He was indeed one of our Triangle’s brightest stars whose energy seemed limitless. Being grateful that he lived and worked among us will have to suffice while we attempt to wrap our collective mind around this loss.

    1. Jody Graves

      I am just heartbroken….I remember the times I would hear Greg at ESM, or a couple of times when we played for each other, and the times we all just got together for “down time” during our years there. What an incredible talent, and such a lovely-hearted man. My heart goes out to his partner, his family, his colleagues and friends.

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  3. Leonor Both

    I just read this – I had not kept up with Greg only because our lives were so busy and I had always assumed he would be there whenever I wrote an email to say hello. He used to be my piano teacher (many years ago) and I loved him from the very first day. I am in shock and deeply, deeply saddened. If anything, it reminds me life is fragile – and if you love someone, let them know—-today, and every day.

    Rest in Peace Greg – you were one in a million.

    Leonor Both

  4. Judith Stanton

    Weeping here, coming to this news so late, devastated to learn that we have lost Greg’s bright light, this most special man. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and other students. For me in late life, returning to the piano, he was the most wonderful and understanding teacher.

    I’m planning a chapbook of poems on my old upright player piano, which I once had the privilege of hearing him play in my home. He made it sing.


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