A brilliant classical guitar duo from Australia − Slava and Len Grigoryan.
Slava Grigoryan has emerged in the past decade as one of the world’s most original classical guitarists. Born in Kazakhstan in 1976 and raised in Australia, Slava has been performing since he was eight and with major international orchestras since he was 15, including the London Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed at concerts and festivals in Europe (including Glasperlenspiel), Asia, North and South America, including a Great Guitars Tour with the legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña.
As a major prizewinner at the Tokyo International Classical Guitar Competition, Slava was signed by Sony Music Entertainment Australia under Sony Classical in 1995 and has since released four solo albums. His debut classical album for ABC Classics, Sonatas and Fantasies, was awarded Best Classical Album at the 2002 ARIA Awards. 2003 saw the release of 2 new albums on the ABC Classics label – Play (with Len Grigoryan) and Saffire (the Australian Guitar Quartet), which also went on to win the 2003 Best Classical Album ARIA. In 2004, Slava recorded and released another 2 collaborative CDs – Nostalgica with Saffire and Brazil with flautist Jane Rutter. In March 2006, he recorded for ERP The White Concerto by Peeter Vähi.
Slava has received the ‘Mo Award’ for Instrumentalist of the Year and in 2002, toured for Musica Viva with his brother, Len Grigoryan. The two enjoyed another highly successful Australia-wide tour in 2003 following the release of Play.
Len (Leonard) Grigoryan was born in 1985 and has been studying the guitar with his father, Eduard Grigoryan, since the age of four. He has won numerous national awards in all categories. Len has performed with Tommy Emmanuel, Kurt Jensen, the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Concordia Ensemble and the Melbourne Musicians’ Chamber Orchestra.
Len toured nationally with Slava following the release of Play and the brothers continue to perform concerts across Australia for Musica Viva and at arts festivals and events. In 2004, Len also joined Slava Grigoryan and flautist Jane Rutter on stage for a 3-month national tour of Brazil, the Latin-American inspired CD by Jane and Slava, released on ABC Classics. He has also just become an official member of Saffire and will be touring to Europe and the USA with the ensemble between Aug-Nov 2005.
Slava and Len Grigoryan both compose music for guitar and their effortless virtuosity and brilliant musicianship, both in the standard repertoire of the classical guitar as well as crossover material and contemporary composition, is highly regarded around the world. The brothers have recorded a new album for ABC Classics.
During the last years, the duo toured in Australia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Australia, Europe, Russia.
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