Since their first acclaimed Australian tour in 2002, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan have astounded audiences worldwide with their guitar virtuosity. They have toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, the USA, UK, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. The brothers also have performed with symphony orchestras and at international festivals in Australia and Europe.
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. They have a deep appreciation and understanding of a broad spectrum of musical styles. This 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.
Paul Grabowsky looms large in Australia’s artistic landscape: pianist, multi award-winning recording artist, musical director, composer, innovator, festival director, film composer, visionary, educator, recipient of the Order of Australia. Paul does not have one passion in life, rather he leads a passionate life in all his endeavours. His integrity, intelligence and astounding musical talent are the core of his ability to fulfil such disparate roles.
Lior is one of Australia’s most treasured singer/songwriters renowned for his beautiful voice and songs that radiate truth and sincerity. He burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his debut album ‘Autumn Flow’ which has become one of the most successful independent debut releases in Australian music history.
Lior has since released a further six albums and has toured extensively both in Australia and internationally. He is a multi ARIA award winner as well as an APRA Screen Award winner for his song-writing work for film and television.
Pianist/Composer Luke Howard was twice a finalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and has written music for both film and theatre.
His music has been described as “totally sublime” (Headphone Commute), “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs BBC Radio 6), and “cinematic in its approach” (The Age).
Luke divides his time between Europe and Australia. In 2013 he released the Australian Music Prize long-listed record ‘Sun Cloud‘. Luke’s score to Where Do Lilacs Come From won Best Music for a Short Film at the 2014 APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards. His second solo album, Two Places, was released in April 2016.
Slava & Sharon Grigoryan
This collaboration is from two of Australia’s finest classical musicians, Slava and Sharon Grigoryan. Their individual achievements at the highest levels of the classical music world are well documented; Slava as Australia’s most lauded and respected guitarist and Sharon’s extensive career highlighted in recent years as cellist with the Australian String Quartet.
This musical partnership – an extension of their personal partnership – has an energy, symbiosis and expansive sound belying its duo setting, while confirming close connections do garner extraordinary outcomes. Their diverse repertoire is drawn from musical influences spanning centuries, genres and cultures.