Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Guitar
Described by The West Australian as “Australia’s finest classical guitar duo…an astonishing display of acoustic pyrotechnics…” and hailed by The New York Times as playing with “…uncommon originality and authority…musicality, expressivity and daring…” Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation. The duo has developed a reputation for enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire – embracing genres such as classical, jazz, and contemporary music from around the world.
Their 2022/2023 season commenced with the Grigoryan brothers undertaking a tour of regional Australia, promoting their most recent album, This Is Us – A Musical Reflection of Australia. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Museum of Australia, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan have been inspired by a collection of iconic Australian artefacts to create this unique original recording. Offering a fresh new perspective of the duo, it is the first full record of original compositions, incorporating all their influences from classical to jazz and contemporary music. In May 2022, the Brothers will undertake a tour in the USA. Notably performing a recital with the Rocky River Chamber Music Society, Ohio, and at The Morgan Library, New York, the repertoire will include the US premiere of ‘New Work’ by Leo Brouwer.
The Grigoryan Brothers are the recipients of 3 ARIA awards (Australian Recording Industry Association) and an incredible 24 ARIA Award nominations. As a duo they have recorded over 12 albums with their newest recording, This is Us — A Musical Reflection of Australia, released in 2021 with ABC Classics.
They have been touring internationally since 2003, regularly performing throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the USA, as well as in Brazil, South Africa, India and the Middle East. Notable appearances include performing alongside the Canadian singer/songwriter KD Lang on her Ingénue Redux and the great Flamenco guitarist Paco Peña.
Slava and Leonard Grigoryan’s deep appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles has resulted in many collaborations involving music, both written and improvised. Combine this with their classical training and the result is a unique sound incorporating all these influences. 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. Their ability to perform in disparate genres has resulted in invitations from arts festivals, jazz festivals, folk festivals and Womad, as well as performing in more intimate spaces such as clubs and salons.
“The Grigoryan Brothers have a reputation of performing together so emphatically, they become extensions of each other…” (Courier Mail). 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. This is the intangible quality that creates their ability to connect with listener.
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