Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier has announced Slava Grigoryan as the Artistic Director for the Festival Centre’s 2012 Adelaide International Guitar Festival which will be held from 9-12 August, 2012.

“Slava Grigoryan, one of Australia’s most significant cultural ambassadors, directed the very successful 2010 Adelaide International Guitar Festival and took the event to a whole new level so we are delighted that he will be directing the 2012 Festival. We are really looking forward to continuing to work with him,” Douglas said.

“Slava drew from his enormous musical expertise and international connections as one of Australia’s finest musicians to deliver a Festival that audiences well and truly embraced. It is testament to his great work that 13% of all tickets for the 2010 Festival were bought by interstate or overseas patrons,” he said.

“Following the incredible experience of last year’s Festival and the feedback from artists and audiences, I’m very excited to be working on a second Festival,” said Slava Grigoryan.

“There are so many extraordinary guitarists doing very exciting things with the instrument around the world and I’m really looking forward to bringing some of them together in Adelaide in 2012.”

Minister Assisting the Premier in the Arts, the Hon John Hill congratulated the Adelaide Festival Centre for again appointing such a distinguished classical guitarist as Artistic Director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

“Slava put together a diverse and engaging program which was widely acclaimed and I am sure that the 2012 program will be just as amazing,” Minister Hill said.

Slava Grigoryan has forged a prolific reputation as an international classical guitar virtuoso. Born in Kazakhstan, he immigrated with his family to Australia in 1981 and began studying the guitar at the age of six. By the time he was 17 he was signed to the Sony Classical Label. His relationship with Sony Classical, ABC Classics in Australia, and now his own label Which Way Music has led to the release of more than 20 solo and collaborative albums spanning a vast range of musical genres.

His first tour, at the young age of 18 was with guitar legends Paco Pena and Leo Kottke. Since then he’s travelled the world as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras in Europe, Asia and North America, and has performed at dozens of national and international arts festivals and guitar festivals. He has won ARIA awards for Best Classical Album and performs regularly as a soloist with all of Australia’s major orchestras. Internationally, his performances have taken him to many of the world’s leading concert halls and festivals.

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