Slava Grigoryan

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Slava Grigoryan (born 21 January 1976) is an Australian classical guitarist and recording artist of Armenian heritage.

He was born in Kazakhstan to Eduard and Irina Grigoryan, both professional violinists. His family emigrated to Australia in 1981 and he was raised in Melbourne. Grigoryan began to study guitar with his father at the age of seven. By the age of twelve he was performing professionally and made his solo debut in Sydney at fourteen. He attended Caulfield Junior College (then known as Caulfield North Central School) and St Michael's Grammar School, during which time he studied with Ron Payne, and at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Following his win at the Tokyo International Classical Guitar Competition, where he was the youngest finalist in the history of that competition, Grigoryan signed with Sony Music Entertainment in 1995 for whom he released four solo albums. Since then he has toured extensively in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia; he made his New York City debut in 1997.

He changed labels to ABC Classics in 2001 and subsequently released another solo album and an album recorded with his younger brother, Leonard Grigoryan. Frequent collaborators, the pair perform as Grigoryan Brothers and have released five albums, all of which have been nominated for ARIA Awards.[1] In 2014 Grigoryan Brothers released This Time which has been well reviewed.[2][3] Some of their previous releases include The Seasons and Distance.[4]

Grigoryan also joined with fellow Australian musicians Anthony Field, Karin Schaupp and Gareth Koch to release albums under the group name Saffire. Field was later replaced by Leonard.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In addition to his achievement in the Tokyo International Classical Guitar Competition, he has won a number of awards including Young Australian of the Year for the Arts in 1998, the Mo award for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2001.

In 2000 he appeared as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and was part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Arts Festival.[5]

ARIA Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are presented annually from 1987 by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). As a solo artist, Slava Grigoryan won the ARIA Award for Best Classical Album for Sonatas & Fantasies in 2002.[6] Saffire won the same category in 2003 for their debut album, Saffire.[7] Grigoryan has received 13 nominations, either on his own, as a member of Grigoryan Brothers, or shared with other artists (often including his brother Leonard).[8]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1995 Spirit of Spain Best Classical Album Nominated
1998 Dance of the Angels Best Classical Album Nominated
2002 Sonatas & Fantasies Best Classical Album Won
2003 Play (Slava Grigoryan and Leonard Grigoryan) Best Classical Album Nominated
2004 Brazil (Slava Grigoryan and Jane Rutter) Best World Music Album Nominated
2005 Afterimage Best Classical Album Nominated
2006 Rodrigo Guitar Concertos (Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, Queensland Orchestra, Brett Kelly) Best Classical Album Nominated
2007 Impressions (Slava Grigoryan and Leonard Grigoryan) Best Classical Album Nominated
2008 Baroque Guitar Concertos (Slava Grigoryan, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey) Best Classical Album Nominated
2009 Distance (Slava Grigoryan and Leonard Grigoryan) Best Classical Album Nominated
2011 Band of Brothers (Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, Joseph Tawadros, James Tawadros) Best World Music Album Nominated
2012 My Latin Heart (Jose Carbo with Slava Grigoryan and Leonard Grigoryan) Best Classical Album Nominated
2015 This Time (Grigoryan Brothers) Best Classical Album Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Works - Melbourne Recital Centre". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Album Review | This Time by the Grigoryan Brothers". Australianjazz.net. Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  3. ^ "CD Review: This Time/ Grigoryan Brothers". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Grigoryan Brothers". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Artist Biography - Slava Grigoryan". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2002". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2003". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Slava Grigoryan at the ARIA Music Awards:
    • 1995 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 1995". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 1998 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 1998". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2002 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2002". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2003 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2003". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2004 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2004". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2005 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2005". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2006 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2006". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 12 December 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2007 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2007". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2008 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2008". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2009 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2008". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2011 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 25 February 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
    • 2012 winners and nominees: "Winners by Year 2012". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
    • 2015 winners and nominees: "ARIA Awards Nominees 2015". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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