Grisha Goryachev Clinic

Friday / March 4, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Goryachev is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting practiced by legends such as Paco de Lucía, Ramón Montoya, and Sabicas.

Goryachev began playing guitar at the age of 6, studying first with his father Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. Leading an extensive career as a child prodigy, Goryachev performed regularly before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union. Following a tour of Spain, he was invited to play for de Lucía, who soon afterwards personally intervened in support of his application for a United States visa, which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of extraordinary ability. Goryachev received 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.

In 2006, Goryachev received the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field. His YouTube videos have attracted over 2 million views. A track from his album Alma Flamenca was used in Julia Roberts's movie Duplicity.