Phenomenal ability and extraordinary sensitivity in classical and flamenco repertoire alike, a 2005 prizewinner at Spain’s International Classical Guitar Competition.
“…innate virtuosity…the playing was full of energy and precision…” – Soundboard magazine
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Grisha strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces that now exist only on records, by performing them in concerts. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar.
Grisha began playing guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. Leading an extensive career as a child prodigy at the age of nine, Grisha performed regularly before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union. Following a tour of Spain, Grisha was invited to play for flamenco legend Paco de Lucía, who soon after personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa. In May 2005 Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the VI International Classical Guitar Competition "Julian Arcás" in Almería, Spain.
Grisha received his Bachelor, Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. He was one of the 30 people in 2006 to become a fellow of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field. A firm believer in exposing young generations to the beauty of classical and flamenco guitar, he likes to include outreach performances and workshops at schools as part of his concert tours.
Grisha’s YouTube videos have collected over two million views. He has recorded two CDs: Alma Flamenca and Homenaje a Sabicas.
The full Spring 2012 schedule for the NYC Classical Guitar Society is as follows:
Grisha Goryachev: Friday, March 2, 2012 @ 8pm
Yamandu Costa: Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 8pm
Pavel Steidl: Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 8pm
Roland Dyens: Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 8pm