…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)
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.
He has won numerous awards in prestigious international competitions, including six First and Grand prizes. He has received prizes and scholarships from the Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, and Mstislav Rostropovich foundations (Neuhaus Grant) and been awarded the Yamaha Scholarship. Gryaznov’s concerts have taken him to the USA, France, Italy, Denmark, the UK, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Georgia, Armenia, Poland, the Baltic states, Africa, across Japan, and throughout Russia.
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.
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.
- 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. Buy.
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
It 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)
- 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)