"...the guitarists were firing on all pistons. The sizzling intensity brought to bear on the climaxes...made for riveting listening."
Neville Cohn, The West Australian
Leonard Grigoryan was born in 1985. Four years later, he was studying the guitar with his father. His elder brother Slava had already forged a career in music when Leonard was growing up; the nine-year gap was an asset in that they never competed against each other but matured along their own paths. However, it was inevitable that once Slava returned to Australia – after several years working overseas - that the two would perform together.
In 2001, Leonard was the only guest artist on Slava's ARIA award-winning album, Sonatas and Fantasies. The following year they released their first duo album Play, which was also nominated for an ARIA.
In 2005, the brothers released their second album Rodrigo Concertos on ABC Classics. Two years later, they recorded their third album Impressions - which featured the music of Debussy, de Falla and Mompou. In 2009, the brothers recorded Distance on the Which Way Music label; this album was also nominated for an ARIA award and, the following year, was released in Europe with Material Records.
Leonard and Slava have now released their fifth duo recording, The Seasons, and have performed together in the UK, USA, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa and the UAE as well as playing regular tours of Australia
Leonard has dedicated himself to both classical and jazz genres and is an active arranger and composer. In 2005, he joined Australia’s first classical guitar supergroup - the ARIA award-winning Saffire - a quartet in which his brother also played.
He regularly tours nationally for Musica Viva and has performed in Africa, Europe, the United States, Russia and Asia. In March 2006, Leonard made his debut performance, with Slava, at one of the world’s pre-eminent concert recital venues - Wigmore Hall, in London.
Leonard also performs and composes for the groundbreaking contemporary jazz ensemble FGHR, which has released two albums - Stationary and Going Home. In June 2013, Leonard released his first solo album, aptly titled Solo, through Which Way Music.
In October 2015, This Time (featuring Slava and Leonard Grigoryan) was nominated as Best Classical Album for the ARIA Awards.
Leonard’s Personal Site