Vyacheslav Gryaznov

…not only a virtuoso performer, but also an outstanding musician who truly feels the instrument and can draw the most delicate of subtleties out of it… The piano turned into a real orchestra that evening.

(Culture newspaper)

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 magazine)

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Short bio

Vyacheslav Gryaznov is one of the most accomplished and sought-after musicians among the new generation of Russian pianists. He is an artist of Moscow Philharmonic Society and a member of its key Stars of the 21st Century project. He has also cooperated with such major companies as the NHK Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (a project comprising some 30 recitals, CD, and video recordings), the Melodiya record label, and Radio Orpheus. The pianist’s own enterprises include the educational and charitable project “To Rachmaninov and His Beloved Ivanovka” and the Piano-Duo Festival in Yekaterinburg.

Gryaznov’s 2016-2017 performances will include the Berliner Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall as winner of the 2016 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition; the Bay Area Steinway Society of San Jose, California; four performances with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in a multi-city Florida tour; multiple engagements as The Drozdoff Society’s Artist-in-Residence, beginning in January at Hunter College, New York; as well as engagements in Russia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Austria, and France.

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Arrangements

Gryaznov is also known as the composer of numerous concert arrangements and transcriptions which have become popular all over the world. In 2014 he signed a contract with Schott Music, the leading publisher of classical and contemporary music.

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Rhapsody In Black

I believe that it is no exaggeration to say that this is an absolutely magnificent piece of work. It quite simply does not get any better than this – a composition brimming with virtuosity and explosive creativity.

Nikolai Petrov

My idea for the Rhapsody was to create a coherent piece with its own story. It is about a man with a disabled body but a fervent soul; about his dreams, beliefs, and journey to his goal. It is also about a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul, but torn by passions and limited by her weakness. It is about the end of her inner turmoil, the end of his dreams.

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News

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  • June 5, 2016
    Rhapsody In Black performed in Lviv, Ukraine. INSO – Lviv symphony orchestra; Natalia Ponomarchuk, conductor; Vyacheslav Gryaznov, piano
  • March 8, 2016
    Vyacheslav Gryaznov is a winner of the 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition and will perform his debut recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie on October 17, and at the Carnegie Weill Hall on March 6.
  • October 29, 2015
    Ukrainian premiere of the Rhapsody In Black (version for piano and orchestra). Dnipro Philharmonic. Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra; Natalia Ponomarchuk, conductor; Vyacheslav Gryaznov, piano
  • May 27-30, 2015
    Yekaterinburg hosted the PIANO-DUO FESTIVAL, jointly organized by the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Society and Vyacheslav Gryaznov. 4 concerts, 9 pianists, orchestra, choir, percussion and a lot of music, including several premieres.
  • April 12, 2015
    Vyacheslav Gryaznov’s transcriptions for piano solo are published by Schott Music (Germany). Order the scores (hard copy): Schott Music. Download pdf:Notafina.
  • March 20, 2015
    The first conducting experience. V. Gryaznov combined the roles of soloist and conductor, performing Mozart’s Concerto K. 449 in Vladimir at a concert of the Stars of the XXI century series. This kind of experiment was also the first such an experience for musicians of the Vladimir Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Video: YouTube
  • November 2014
    A further release in the Anthology of Piano Music by Russian and Soviet Composers has been presented by the Melodiya label. It includes pieces by Mikhail Glinka recorded by Vyacheslav Gryaznov.
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Upcoming concerts

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  • October 28, 2016
    Solo recital at the Golovanov Museum, Moscow
  • November 3, 2016
    Solo recital at the Ryazan Philharmonic
  • November 12, 2016
    Steinway Society concert series. Solo recital at Trianon Theatre, San Jose, California.
  • December 9, 2016.
    Impromtu! Series, New Haven (solo and chamber Rachmaninoff)
  • December 14, 2016.
    HOROWITZ PIANO SERIES at Morse Recital Hall, New Haven, CT. Prokofiev – Gryaznov: Suite from ballet “On the Dniepre”
  • January 11- 14, Florida, US
    With Atlantic Classical Orchestra – Tchaikovsky Piano concerto 1
  • January 15, Tilburg, Netherlands
    Solo recital
  • January 29, New York, US
    Reflections on the Music of the Russian Exodus: Vladimir Drozdoff
  • Febuary 24, New Haven, US
    With Yale Philharmonic Orchestra – Shostakovitch. Piano Concerto No 1
  • March 6, New York, US
    Carnegie Weill Hall, solo recital
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Biography

Vyacheslav Gryaznov was born in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a small city in the easternmost reaches of Russia. His musical talent became evident in his early childhood and developed so quickly that his parents, who were not themselves musicians, took the heroic step of giving up everything and moving to far-away Moscow, despite having nothing and no one there, all for the sake of their son’s professional musical education.

Vyacheslav graduated with honors from the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Professor Manana Kandelaki. He proceeded with undergraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Yuri Slesarev), once again completing his degree with honors. He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate student, and is on the teaching faculty of the Moscow Conservatory’s Piano Department.

Beginning in 2012, and returning to Japan every year since, Vyacheslav was invited to teach as a visiting professor of piano at Kurashiki Sakuyo University of Science and Arts. In 2016 he accepted Yale University’s invitation to fulfill the Artist Diploma program under the Yale School of Music’s Professor Boris Berman.
Vyacheslav Gryaznov is a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, which represents him in Russia, and is an Artist-in-Residence with The Drozdoff Society in the United States.

Gryaznov’s 2016-2017 performances include the Berliner Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall as winner of the 2016 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition; the Bay Area Steinway Society of San Jose, California; four performances with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in a multi-city Florida tour; multiple engagements for The Drozdoff Society’s Impromptu! Classical Music Recital series, beginning in January at Hunter College, New York; as well as engagements in Russia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Austria, and France. He will also record a CD on the Steinway & Sons label.

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Vyacheslav Gryaznov is the author of more than 30 concert arrangements and transcriptions. His works have been performed by Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Ghindin, Nikita Mndoyants, Tomoharu Ushida, the Messiaen-Quartet, the Moscow State Chamber Choir, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and by many other musicians and collectives. They are heard in concert halls all over the world, and are chosen for prestigious international music contests like the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Pre-eminent among Gryaznov’s major arrangements is his Rhapsody In Black on themes from George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. A large-scale stand-alone composition, it exists in two versions: as a piano concerto with orchestra and as a duet for two pianos. The famous Russian pianist Nikolai Petrov commented:

I believe that it is no exaggeration to say that this is an absolutely magnificent piece of work. It quite simply does not get any better than this – a composition brimming with virtuosity and explosive creativity.

Thanks to his brilliant concert transcriptions, Vyacheslav Gryaznov has gained a reputation as one of the most remarkable young arrangers working today. First published by Deka-BC publishing house in the Masterpieces of Piano Transcription series, in 2014 Gryaznov signed a publishing contract with Schott Music (Germany). Presently, Vyacheslav Gryaznov is one of the few prominent Russian composers who are published by Schott (other names of world-renown include Nikolai Kapustin and Rodion Shchedrin). Some of his piano transcriptions are in the “Top Ten” list of Schott’s international sheet music download platform Notafina – one of the world’s largest.

Press

Five days with Mozart

Close-up: “Mozart Marathon”

Alexander Tsereteli (Musical Life #2, 2014)

In the five days of the marathon, coinciding, of course, with Mozart’s date of birth (January 27), a truly miraculous memorial was enacted: all his concertos for all instruments were performed.

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major, performed by Vyacheslav Gryaznov, was a revelation. We already knew a lot about this musician. He is a brilliant pianist and composer. The virtuosity and inventiveness of his transcriptions fascinate and enthrall. His piano performance during this marathon was bound to amaze. Anna Akhmatova wrote a wonderful poem: “Finally, you have said a word.” What happens in the world around us when loving words are spoken? It can only be revealed by a poetic word: “And suddenly the silence sang to you / and the twilight lit up by the radiant sun / and the world for that moment was transformed / and the taste of the wine changed in a strange way…” Let me assure the reader: the silence sang its song in the most natural of ways. The concerto that has been played and played again sounded completely new and fresh: slowly and eloquently, unhurried and with soulful tone. Composers’ readings are often characterized by generality, but in this case it was the beauty of detail that prevailed. An exceptional, almost forgotten [pianistic] culture in which all the rich textures are played out, and the hidden details are revealed in the succession of fingers and chords. And the focus is on all the tempi, whether slow or rapid.

The cadenza specifically written for this performance dazzled with its organic interweaving of the main themes of the piece, leaving you eager to hear it again and again. And once it had imparted all that was important, it somehow faded away, dissolving naturally and imperceptibly, without the pathos and agitation that tends to typify the transition to the orchestral coda. There can be no doubt that Vyacheslav Gryaznov is one of the great wonders of modern pianism.


Wissembourg 2013 reviews

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The creative works of Gryaznov – yet more dazzling pieces of music (Ukraine)

Yulia Lesina, Your Chance newspaper (2013)

On June 11 the Two Pianos piano duo (Elena Antonets and Lyudmila Skrynnik) was joined by musicologist Vitalina Gukova to perform a program entitled Jazz. Classic. Piano. on the stage of the regional philharmonic. They played to a full house. On the program was Dave Brubeck’s suite Points on Jazz, and, for the first time in Ukraine, Vyacheslav Gryaznov’s Rhapsody In Black on themes from George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.

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24 Etudes by Chopin at the Kostroma Philharmonic Hall

Kostroma Philharmonic, Feb 2012

Epithets such as young, ambitious, uncompromising, and sometimes even stubborn are often used to describe the musicians of the modern age. However, the young and talented musicians of today have many other qualities. The audience at the Kostroma Philharmonic Hall on February 2 could discover this for themselves. They came to see the winner of some of the most prestigious international competitions and awards, an unparalleled musician from the Moscow State Philharmonic Society and professorial assistant at the Moscow State Conservatory named after Peter Tchaikovsky: the pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov.

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Rhapsody In Style

Elena Prokhorova, Musical Life #1 2012

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The well-known Russian pianist and arranger Vyacheslav Gryaznov presented his new composition to the public this season – Rhapsody In Black for piano and orchestra, on themes from George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. It was performed at Moscow’s Orchestrion Concert Hall by the composer and Pavel Kogan’s Moscow State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexey Shatsky. The Rhapsody was also performed by the composer and Alexander Ghindin in its two-piano version at a concert at the Tchaikovsky Hall. Gryaznov wrote this composition especially for the piano duo of Alexander Ghindin and Nikolai Arnoldovich Petrov. The premiere was scheduled for May 2011, but was unable to take place as planned because Petrov fell seriously ill. Following Petrov’s subsequent death, the composer dedicated the composition to him, as it was largely thanks to Petrov’s support that the Rhapsody was written.

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From Bryansk to the Kremlin. The Nikolai Petrov festival in the Armory Chamber draws to a close 

Eugene Krivitskaya, Culture newspaper

The Musical Kremlin festival, which was held in the Kremlin Armory Museum for the twelfth time, was, as in the past, dedicated primarily to modern pianists. The artistic director of the festival, People’s Artist of the USSR Nikolai Petrov, [regularly] brings together the most talented young pianists from literally all over the world and introduces them to Russian listeners. Thanks to the Culture TV channel, the festival has a large viewership; and this time Musical Kremlin (supported by Gazprombank) also took place in parallel in Bryansk. A formidable group of musicians took over the ancient city for an entire week. Pianists from Russia, Germany, Japan, Israel, and the UK played there. Out of the many events two piano evenings were particularly popular.

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The Moscow Philharmonic gives the stage to youth

Angelina Komarova, Novye Izvestia. February 16, 2011

Not long ago we were talking about the sadness of a lost generation of Russian musicians, but not much time has passed and interesting and brilliant young musicians trained in Russia are reappearing on our stages. Various foundations monitor these artists, and from early childhood they receive scholarships and prizes. But the child prodigies grow up, and almost all of them have to face the issue of demand in their profession.

The Moscow Philharmonic is one of the organizations that helps young musicians to feel confident on the professional stage. Many of them get this chance when they are selected for the Philharmonic Debut program, which allows the best of them to perform in the Young Talents subscription series, the most gifted of them then being admitted to the Stars of the XXI Century series.

At this season’s final “Stars” concert in February, two young soloists from the Philharmonic performed – violinist Ivan Pochekin and pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov. By tradition they were given the stage of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and accompanied by a no less high-profile partner, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra led by its artistic director and principal conductor Maestro Yuri Simonov.

… Gryaznov performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto, written by the composer for his contemporary Paul Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm during the First World War. The audience is raving about Gryaznov’s distinctive style: he thinks like a composer. He reads the score 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 piano transcriptions of a variety of pieces of music, and that this talent is no less amazing than his talent as a pianist. One of these transcriptions will soon be performed by the piano duo of Nikolai Petrov and Alexander Ghindin.


Sakhalin’s big dream (an interview)

Elena Stepanskaya, Sakhalin-info
If you ask a resident of Sakhalin which famous countryman he knows, he will confidently say, “Igor Nikolaev!” But who else? He will shrug his shoulders and say: “But there is no one else!”
Believe it or not, now there is. And he is called Vyacheslav Gryaznov.
Just imagine a boy who lived in Lugovoye, went to the Cheburashka kindergarten, studied at Music School No.1, and who is now on tour in Japan, Italy, Denmark, Great Britain, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Kuwait, Africa, the Baltic countries, and many Russian cities, performing both solo recitals and with symphony orchestras. Japanese television regularly broadcasts performances by Gryaznov recorded ??in the NHK television studio.
And what do we know about this?
You have to agree, the process of how an ordinary, fun-loving boy turns into a musician is interesting. What does it require? 

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Review by Norihiko Wada (Japan)

Norihiko Wada: composer, pianist
First of all, I was amazed by his incredible abilities and the natural flow of the music. At the same time it is impossible not to appreciate his wide repertoire, which does not focus on a certain time period, his fine taste in his choice of program, and his outstanding ability to organize it.
He doesn’t bluff, nor is there any unnecessary expression or over-action, which young pianists who dream of being a virtuoso can be guilty of. His genuinely meaningful relationship with music is impressive.

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‘Conquest’ without the help of nuclear warheads (Georgian press)

Rusudan Kutateladze,
Ph.D., Art Critic, Docent of the Tbilisi State Conservatory

While the Second International Piano Competition was being held in Tbilisi in the autumn of 2001, one of the Russian television channels hosted a discussion entitled ”Our Version/Classified Information.” The program was broadcast live. One of the main participants in the discussion was State Duma deputy Aleksei Valentinovich Mitrofanov, who was responsible for issues relating to the mutual relations between member countries of the CIS. The program was so disturbing and, I would say, unprecedented in its openly chauvinistic tendency that it left a deep impression in my memory. […] The strength of a bare fist, the strength of nuclear warheads: that’s what Mitrofanov believes in. That’s what this politician professes! The intent of my remark is not to show the true face of various politicians in Russia but to try to demonstrate that Russia, that Russians are able to speak using an entirely different vocabulary, namely using language that is no less effective…and, most importantly, was first tried out long ago.

What do I have in mind? On the last day of January this year, there was a symphony concert held in the Grand Hall of the V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory featuring the young Russian piano soloist Vyacheslav Gryaznov. The orchestra was directed by the outstanding Georgian conductor Jansug Kakhidze.

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Interviews

Interview with Mr. Vyacheslav GRYAZNOV,
6st Prizewinner of the Piano Section at the 3rd SIMC

Interviewed and written by: MASAKI Hiromi (Music Journalist)

Vyacheslav GRYAZNOV (1)At the 3rd Sendai International Music Competition, Mr. Vyacheslav GRYAZNOV won the sixth prize in the Piano Section. During his stay in Japan to give piano lessons at KURASHIKI SAKUYO University, in July 2014 he visited Sendai, where he gave a concert and held an open class for local students learning music as well as participated in a study workshop for volunteer staff of the Sendai International Music Competition. Among the pieces he played in the workshop were Rachmaninov’s Morceaux de fantaisie Op. 3 and Italian Polka arranged by himself. Currently he is teaching at Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the other school, while giving various performances. He has a diverse approach to music, both as a player and as a teacher. We asked him about his current activities and competitions.

— People in Japan might remember you from the NHK BS program “Hi-Vision Classic Club” in 2004 where you played the piano, which was repeatedly broadcast. About seven years have passed since you participated in the Sendai International Music Competition. Please tell us about your current musical activities.

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Sakhalin’s big dream

Elena Stepanskaya, Sakhalin-info

If you ask a resident of Sakhalin which famous countryman he knows, he will confidently say, “Igor Nikolaev!” But who else? He will shrug his shoulders and say: “But there is no one else!”
Believe it or not, now there is. And he is called Vyacheslav Gryaznov.
Just imagine a boy who lived in Lugovoye, went to the Cheburashka kindergarten, studied at Music School No.1, and who is now on tour in Japan, Italy, Denmark, Great Britain, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Kuwait, Africa, the Baltic countries, and many Russian cities, performing both solo recitals and with symphony orchestras. Japanese television regularly broadcasts performances by Gryaznov recorded ??in the NHK television studio.
And what do we know about this?
You have to agree, the process of how an ordinary, fun-loving boy turns into a musician is interesting. What does it require? 

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More interviews in Russian

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Vyacheslav GryaznovIt is impossible not to appreciate his wide repertoire that does not focus on a certain time period, his fine taste in his choice of the program and his outstanding ability to organize it.

Norihiko Wada, pianist and composer (Japan)

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Prizes

Vyacheslav GryaznovInternational competitions:

  • Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow (1997, 1st Prize)
  • “To the memory of Rachmaninov” Competition, Italy (1998, 1st Prize)
  • Competition of Young Performers, Denmark (2001, Grand Prix)
  • XXI Century Art Competition, Ukraine (2001, Grand Prix)
  • Tbilisi Competition, Georgia (2001, “Audience Favorite” Prize)
  • Sendai Competition, Japan (2007, 6th Prize)
  • Rachmaninov Competition, Moscow (2008, 2nd Prize)
  • Winner of the 2016 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition

Further awards and grants:

  • First Russian Presidential Award (1997)
  • Vladimir Spivakov Foundation Grant (1999-2003)
  • Russian Performing Arts Foundation Grant (2002)
  • Yamaha Scholarship (2002)
  • Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation Grant (Heinrich Neuhaus Award, 2002-2003)
  • Honored Citizen of Bryansk (2011)