Australian Guitar Quartet
Bach to Bossa and Beyond
Join four of Australia's leading guitarists on a mesmerising musical odyssey.
Enjoy a kaleidoscopic program spanning 300 years, taking you on a captivating journey from Bach to Bossa and beyond – with four of Australia’s leading guitarists as your tour guide.
The journey begins with Bach’s ornate Brandenburg Concerto No 6, selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suite, the vibrant Opals suite by Australian composer Phillip Houghton, a journey through Latin American composers including Piazzolla and Bellinati, a set of wild variations on Pachelbel’s Canon and the smooth bossa sounds of Luis Bonfa.
This concert promises to be an unforgettable experience with something for everyone. Be transported by these four master instrumentalists – their remarkable musicianship and virtuosic playing will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime!
Piazzolla (arr. Cagaly) Fuga y Misterio
Bach (arr. Smith) Brandenburg Concert No. 6
Bizet (arr. Sparks) Selections from the Carmen Suite
Bellinati Three Pieces: A Furiosa, Um Amor de Valsa, Baião de Gude
Pachelbel (arr. LAGQ)Pachelbel’s “Loose” Canon
Bonfa Manhã de Carnaval
"Their ability to play as if drawing from a shared musical consciousness and their subtle nuances of tempo, bordered on the uncanny"
Vladimir Gorbach, guitar
Leonard Grigoryan, guitar
Slava Grigoryan, guitar
Andrew Blanch, guitar
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across Europe, the United States and his native country of Russia.
His international success began when he was chosen as a solo artist for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation "Live Music Now" outreach program in Germany. He then went on to win many international guitar competitions and prizes in Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Greece and the USA alongside performing concert tours throughout North America, including a Debut at Carnegie Hall, NY; Canada, Mexico, South America, and China. In addition he published solo guitar arrangements with Mel Bay and recorded for the largest recording label Naxos.
Vladimir has performed in recital and as soloist with chamber ensembles of Orchestra de Las Beiras, the Orchestra de Aveiro (Portugal), the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia, and Junge Philharmonie Köln , as well as appearances at the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, Koblenz International Guitar Festival (Germany), Guitar Art Festival Belgrade (Serbia), Vienna Guitar Forum (Austria), Nantes Summer Guitar Academy (France) and Vondelpark Festival (The Netherlands).
Vladimir is the Senior Lecturer in Guitar at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and prior to this was leading the guitar program at the California State University Fullerton, School of Music.
Slava & Leonard Grigoryan
Guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation having 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.
Between them, they have received 4 ARIA awards (Australian Recording Industry Association) and an incredible 24 ARIA Award nominations. As a duo they have recorded 12 albums with the 13th coming out in 2023.
They have been touring internationally since 2003, regularly performing throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.
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 Royal Albert Hall, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.
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. Perhaps this is the intangible quality that creates their ability to connect with listeners.
Slava & 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.
Armed with formidable talent, passion, and conviction, guitarist Andrew Blanch has carved out his own path with a musical vision that values both the tradition and the inherent potential of this continuingly evolving artform.
Recent highlights include solo performances and collaborations with leading new music group Ensemble Offspring, harpist Emily Granger, guitarist Vladimir Gorbach and pianist Daniel Rojas, in performances for Sydney Festival, Musica Viva Australia, Phoenix Central Park and Adelaide Guitar Festival and more, as well as multiple performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Andrew has also been busy in the studio recording with New Zealand Guitar Quartet, Emily Granger and a new guitar concerto by Daniel Rojas in Brazil.
Event and Ticketing Details
Dates & Times
|Thursday 9 May 2024 7pm
|Friday 18 October 6:30pm