SLAVA & LEONARD GRIGORYAN
Duos are common enough in the musical world, but sibling duos are a rare thing. Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are that rare thing. There is no rivalry, only the bonds of family and a love of music. Since their first acclaimed Australian tour in 2002, Slava and Leonard have astounded audiences worldwide with their guitar virtuosity. They have toured extensively throughout Australia and overseas: to Europe, the United States, Britain, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East.
When not on stage they are in the studio, having released six duo albums – the most recent ‘This Time’, recorded at the iconic Rainbow Studio in Oslo is a masterfully recorded album, with works by internationally acclaimed composers who have entrusted their creations into the worthy and welcoming hands of Slava & Leonard Grigoryan – four of these releases have been nominated for ARIA awards (Australia’s prestigious music awards).
The brothers also have performed with symphony orchestras and at international festivals in Australia and Europe. Slava continues in his position as Artistic Director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, a position he has held since 2010.
Although regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo performing much of the instrument’s standard classical repertoire, their passion is to expand their horizons through new arrangements, their own compositions and commissions. This ambition can be heard as the brothers take the guitar into genres such as Latin, jazz, folk and contemporary music.
These qualities are evident not only in their own concerts, but in other projects in which they are involved: Slava is also a member of the guitar trio ‘MGT’ which includes two giants of the jazz world, Wolfgang Muthspiel & Ralph Towner. Leonard is composer and performer in the Australian contemporary ensemble ‘Magnolia’.