Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, guitar
Guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation having developed a reputation for enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire – embracing disparate genres such as classical, jazz and contemporary music from around the world. Between them, they have received 3 ARIA awards and an incredible 23 ARIA Award nominations. As a duo they have recorded 7 albums.
They have been touring internationally since 2003, regularly performing throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA, as well as more exotic performances in Brazil, South Africa, India and the Middle East. Their diverse repertoire continues to present new opportunities for performances in traditional and unconventional settings, from projects with orchestras to duo performances in iconic classical venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, as well as appearances at arts, jazz, and folk festivals and in more intimate spaces such as clubs and salons.
Although regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo performing classical repertoire, the Grigoryan Brothers have also carved out a reputation for expanding their horizons through new arrangements, commissions and their own compositions.
This sibling collaboration, which commenced in the family home when Leonard was 4 and Slava 13, has been literally developing ever since. While having many and varied musical influences, it is their father Edward who has
had the most impact. In their formative years he taught them the fundamentals that have been at the core of their abilities. As their careers flourished he became a collaborator by way of his arrangements that have given voice to Slava and Leonard’s skill and artistry.
Slava and Leonard are blessed with an uncanny ability to perform so seamlessly as a duo that they play and ‘breath’ as one. Growing up and performing together does not guarantee a symbiotic relationship, but what does create the perfect storm is the mutual respect and admiration the brothers have for each other. Perhaps this is the intangible quality that creates their ability to connect with listeners.
Slava & Leonard Grigoryan – guitar
Playing works by Handel, Bach, Tchaikovsky, De Falla and much more
St Andrew’s Uniting Church
9 High Street
Evandale TAS 7212