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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. At nine years old, Grisha started his
performing career as a child prodigy. His numerous performances before large
audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union were highly praised.

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 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
distinguished Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his
chosen field.

Since his immigration to the United States, Grisha has toured extensively in the states
and abroad as a performer, instructor, and judge for many prominent festivals and
venues. 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 concert tours. 

Learn More About Grisha Goryachev



We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Grisha Goryachev to Louisville!

Join us for a stunning and exciting program!


Tickets are available at the door, but in order to expedite concert seating,

we strongly encourage you to purchase tickets online. 

Your emailed receipt will act as your ticket at the event.  


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