Born in 1957, Bartholomew earned degrees from the College of William & Mary in Virginia and the University of Washington. He has participated in composition workshops, seminars, and symposia with Krzysztof Penderecki, George Crumb, Bob Chilcott, Steven Sametz, Robert Kyr, R. Murray Schafer, Tan Dun, Gregg Smith, Hummie Mann, Gloria Swisher, and Brent Michael Davids. He has received awards from ASCAP and grants from Meet the Composer.
Greg Bartholomew's music has been performed across the United States and in Canada, Europe, and Australia. His choral works have been premiered by such acclaimed ensembles as the Oregon Repertory Singers, the Ars Brunensis Chorus, and The Esoterics. His choral music has also received performances by Seattle Pro Musica and the Seattle Bach Choir as well as readings by the Gregg Smith Singers at the Adirondack Festival of American Music and by the Princeton Singers at the Oxford Summer Institutes at Lehigh. His choral setting of text From the Odes of Solomon has been released on Society of Composers CD series by Capstone Records.
Commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival Composer's Symposium in celebration of George Crumb's 75th birthday, Bartholomew's String Trio for George Crumb was premiered by Third Angle in July 2004, and received a second performance by the Accessible Contemporary Music Ensemble in Chicago in April 2005. His Suite for Razumov (Act One), for clarinet and string quartet, was premiered by the Odeon Quartet at Seattle's Town Hall in October 2003, and was subsequently recorded by members of the Kiev Philharmonic for release on the Masterworks of the New Era CD series.
Bartholomew is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Seattle Composers Alliance, the Washington Composers Forum, the American Composers Forum, the Society of Composers, Inc., the American Music Center, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.