About Gene Lowinger
I discovered the joy of playing the fiddle (violin) while I was in college, and from then on music became the overriding passion of my life. I, along with David Grisman, formed a band called the New York Ramblers, which, in 1964, won the grand prize in the band competition at Union Grove, North Carolina. After graduating college I went to Nashville to play fiddle with Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass Music – on the Grand Ole Opry. After my internship with Big Mon I returned to the New York area to pursue my violin studies with the world famous violin pedagogue Raphael Bronstein.

I studied photography at the New School in New York, and as a documentary photographer worked in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. In the course of photographing musicians at their vocation, my work evolved into a dialogue that looks to capture people engaged in activities that define their lives. I currently teach music and photography at my home in New Jersey, and play violin in local New Jersey orchestras.

I have had several music books published – Bluegrass Fiddle, Oak Publications; Bluegrass Fiddling, G. Schirmer; and Jazz Violin, G. Schirmer. I have written numerous articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Fiddler Magazine, and Frets Magazine. My early photography work has been exhibited in a number of group shows in SoHo, New York, had current work shown in a number of venues in the New York metropolitan area, and most recently had a solo show at the Hoboken Almanac Gallery in Hoboken, NJ. My photographs have appeared in Bluegrass Unlimited, Strings Magazine, and the Journal of Country Music. The University of Illinois Press publishes my most recent book, I Hear A Voice Calling, which includes a collection of photographs of Bill Monroe.

(photo of Gene Lowinger by Fred Robbins)