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was born in 1976 in Kazakhstan and immigrated with his family to
Australia in 1981. As a major prizewinner at the Tokyo International
Classical Guitar Competition, Slava was signed by Sony Music
Entertainment Australia under the Sony Classical Label in 1995 and has
since released 6 solo albums and many collaborative projects. His first
national tour was with guitar legends Paco Pena and Leo Kottke.
Slava Grigoryan has performed at many national and international
Festivals such as the Brighton International Festival, the City of
London Festival, the Harrogate International Arts Festival, Dresden
Musikfestpiel, the Newbury Festival in the UK, the Guitar Festival of
Great Britain, the Darwin International Guitar Festival, the GFA
Festival in La Jolla, California, the Wirral International Guitar
Festival, the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, the Hong Kong Arts Festival
the New Zealand Arts Festival and the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Festivals in Australia.
He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras,
including the London Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, the Northern
Sinfonia, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Israel Symphony
Orchestra, Dresden Radio Orchestra, the Klagenfurt Symphony Orchestra
in Austria, the Halle Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the
Australian Chamber Orchestra and all of the Australian Symphony
He has also played with many string quartets and chamber ensembles.
These have included The Goldner, Flinders and Australian String
Quartets in Australia, and the Endellion, Skampa, and Chillingirian
quartets in the UK. He regularly performs with his brother Leonard and
is a founding member of Saffire, the Australian Guitar Quartet,
featuring Karin Schaupp, Gareth Koch and Leonard Grigoryan, with whom
he has toured Europe and North America as well as regular performances
in Australia. In 2005 he toured Australia with American great, Ralph
Towner, and legendary jazz guitarist from Austria, Wolfgang Muthspiel.
His debut classical album for ABC Classics – Sonatas and
Fantasies - was released in March 2002 and was awarded Best Classical
Album at the 2002 ARIA Awards. 2003 saw the release of two new albums
on the ABC Classics label – Play (with Leonard Grigoryan) and
Saffire (The Australian Guitar Quartet), which went on to win the 2003
Best Classical Album ARIA. More recently, he recorded an album of music
by Australian composer Shaun Rigney, and a recording of the Rodrigo
Concerto’s with his brother Leonard and the Queensland Orchestra.
Highlights in 2006 include concerts in England, Estonia, Russia and Malaysia with Leonard, a national tour of Australia with the Southern Cross Soloists and a new album with Saffire. He will also release an album of Nigel Westlake’s music featuring collaborations with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nigel Westlake, and pianist Michael Kieren-Harvey. A very significant collaborator has been Austrian singer/songwriter and electric bass virtuoso Al Slavik. They have been writing, recording and performing together regularly for over 10 years. Last year, Slava, Al, and their friend and buisness partner Reuben Zylberszpic released the first CD (Continental Shift) on their own label Which Way Music.
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