Salute to Pops Favorites
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8 pm
~ featuring ~
Grisha Goryachev, guitar
ET Adventures on Earth
Strike Up the Band
Armed Forces Salute
Concierto de Arajuez
Grisha Goryachev, guitar
Featuring the music from favorite childhood
cartoons, the musical Oklahoma, and a special
tribute to the 30th anniversary of the movie ET.
Grisha Goryachev A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary
musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles.
Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo
flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters
such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Grisha strives to keep alive older flamenco
masterpieces that now exist only on records, by performing them in concerts. Instead of
merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics
and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar.
Grisha began playing guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father Dmitry, an
acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. Leading an extensive career as a child
prodigy at nine years old, Grisha performed regularly before large audiences in the most
prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union.
Following a tour of Spain, Grisha was invited to play for flamenco legend Paco de Lucía,
who soon after personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa,
which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of “Extraordinary Ability”.
In May 2005 Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the VI
International Classical Guitar Competition "Julian Arcás" in Almería, Spain.
Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts (dissertation pending)
degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under
famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. He was one of the 30 people in 2006 to become a fellow
of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his
A firm believer in exposing the young generations to the beauty of classical and flamenco
guitar, he likes to include Outreach Performances and workshops at schools as part of his
Grisha’s YouTube videos have collected over two million views and many notable
comments. Grisha recorded two CDs: “Alma Flamenca” and “Homenaje a Sabicas”.
Grisha Goryachev plays Farruca by Sabicas
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