His virtuosity is such that he is free from concentrating on technical difficulties, his touch is so skilled that it brings to life all the nuances of musical intonation, his inner world is so rich that it allows him to create bright, expressive and complete musical images, and his mind is clear enough to sculpt the sounds into something very close to perfection. (People newspaper)
He doesn’t bluff, nor is there any unnecessary expression or over-action, which young pianists who dream to be a virtuoso can be guilty of. His genuinely meaningful relationship with music is impressive. Any music lover who listens to his performance can tell that he is experienced in the international arena and wants to listen to him again… (composer and pianist Norihiko Wada, Japan)
…not only a virtuoso performer, but also an outstanding musician, who truly feels the instrument and who can draw out of it the most delicate of subtleties. The piano in the evening turned into a real orchestra. (newspaper Kultura)
The audience is raving about Vyacheslav Gryaznov’s distinctive style, in which he thinks like a composer. He reads the text of someone else’s music as if it were his own. It must be said that Vyacheslav Gryaznov has long been known for his brilliant and inventive transcriptions of a variety of pieces of music for the piano, and that this talent is no less amazing than his talent as a piano player. (Novye Izvestiya)
He never resorts to stereotypes. That is why he can be an outstanding pianist. (Noda Minoru, Japan)
There can be no doubt that Vyacheslav Gryaznov is one of the great wonders of modern pianism. (Musical Life)
These are reviews given in the press by the music critics to Vyacheslav Gryaznov, one of the most talented, multifaceted gifted and demanded musicians in the new generation of Russian pianists.
Vyacheslav was born in 1982 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia. Vyacheslav’s musical talent appeared in his early childhood and soon it manifested so evidentely that his parents, not being musicians, ventured on a heroic step – they gave up everything in their hometown and moved to distant Moscow, having neigher anything nor anyone in it – just in the purpose of professional music training of their son.
In 1991 being 9 years old Vyacheslav entered the Central Music School under the Moscow State Conservatory (class of Professor Manana Kandelaki), which he graduated from with honors in 2001. In 2001-1006 he studied at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Professor Yuri Slesarev and graduated from it also with honors. In 2006-2009 he attended the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate student, and since 2008 he joined a teaching faculty of the Conservatory where he has a position of assistant professor at the Piano Department. Starting from the 2008/2009 concert season Vyacheslav Gryaznov belongs to the Moscow Philharmonic Society Artistic Management which represents him in Russia.
During years of studies Gryaznov has been honoured with grants from prestigious international funds: Russian Performing Art Foundation; Yamaha Scholarship; M. Rostropovich’ Foundation; V. Spivakov’s Foundation. He is an owner of the First Russian President Award and of the numerous awards at international competitions in Moscow, Italy, Ukraine, Denmark, Georgia, Japan, among which there are six First and Grand Prix prizes. Vyacheslav Gryaznov is a member of various international music festivals, among which are “Dialogue of Cultures” (Vilnius), «Art Masters» (St. Moritz, Switzerland), “Russian Music on the Baltics” (Kaliningrad, Vilnius), “Musical Kremlin” (Moscow, Bryansk), Festival de Musique de Wissembourg (France), “Art-November” (Moscow). V. Gryaznov also willingly participates in charity concerts and festivals. In 2007 he initiated the educational-charitable project «To Rachmaninov and his beloved Ivanovka».
Vyacheslav Gryaznov performs regularly both as a soloist and appearing in programmes with symphonic orchestras in Italy, Denmark, Great Britain, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Georgia, Armenia, Poland, African and Baltic countries, all over Russia and all over Japan. Working with NHK Company in 2004-2006 he played about 10-15 recitals a year in many cities of Japan, he recorded the CD with pieces by Chopin, his video recordings (Liszt, Bach-Busoni, Chopin) which were made in NHK studio are broadcasted frequently by the Japanese TV channels. Since 2012 V. Gryaznov is a Visiting Professor of Piano at the Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts.
V. Gryaznov played with many major orchestras including the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), the CIS Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, The New Russia Orchestra directed by Yuri Bashmet, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra / Music Director & Chief Conductor Pavel Kogan, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and many others; he worked with conductors: E. Bushkov, M. Eklund, Y. Funabashi, Dj. Kakhidze, Yu. Simonov, A. Sladkovsky, E. Sheiko, E. Selvik, P. Verrot, K. Yamashita, etc. Many of Gryaznov’s recitals and performances with orchestras are recorded and often sound on the radio “Orpheus” in Russia.
Chamber music playing is an important part of Vyacheslav’s musical life. His partners on stage are Aleksander Ghindin, Nikita Mndoyants, Nikita Borisoglebsky, Sergei Antonov, Stéphane Tétreault, Ebene Quartet, Zemlinsky Quartet, the Moscow State Chamber Choir (Vladimir Мinin, chief conductor) among others.
Musician’s repertoire is extensive and varies from D. Scarlatti’s sonatas to the works by N. Kapustin and A. Tchaikovsky: his Second Piano Sonata was first performed in Russia and recorded by V. Gryaznov for the Melodiya label. His repertoire includes, along with a large number of works by Rachmaninov and Liszt, such rarely performed pearls of piano repertoire as “Aphorisms” by D. Shostakovich, as well as such grand cycles as I.S. Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” or 24 preludes and 24 Etudes by Chopin. Concertos for piano and orchestra – by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Gershwin — are widely represented, too. V. Gryaznov’s repertoire is constantly and rapidly updated, including replenishment by different masterpieces of opera, symphonic and chamber music, due to the transcriptions made by the pianist himself.
Among V. Gryaznov’s major transcription works the Rhapsody “In Black” on the themes from George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” stands out. This is a large substantial composition, presented in two versions: as a Piano concerto with orchestra and as a piano duo version. Nikolai Petrov, a distinguished Russian pianist, said about it: “I will not be exaggerating if I say that this composition is an outstanding one. It is done with such virtuosity and charge of creative durability, it could not be better”.
Brilliant concert transcriptions have already brought V. Gryaznov the reputation as one of the most prominent contemporary young transcribers. Many of his transcriptions have been published: “Valse-fantasie” by M. Glinka; “Italian Polka” by S. Rachmaninov; the Second Suite from the Maurice Ravel’s ballet “Daphnis and Chloe” for two pianos; «Habanera for two» after Bizet for four-hand piano; “Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune” by Debussy; three Romanses by Rachmaninov – “The night is sad”, “Vocalise,” “How peaceful” (2005, 2007, 2011, Deka-VS, Moscow, series «Masterpieces of piano transcription», volumes 3, 8, 18).