About

Slava Gryaznov

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.

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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)

Repertoire

Vyacheslav Gryaznov

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)

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