Guitar New Mexico’s Artist-in-Residence Program brings a renowned guitarist to selected local schools to perform, work with student guitar ensembles and teach master classes at no cost to the school or students. The 2020 Artist in Residence is Grisha Goryachev, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, and is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Grisha will surely inspire both students and teachers alike. The program offers teachers an opportunity to encounter new teaching ideas through music teacher workshops.
February 10-15, 2020
Grisha Goryachev, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, 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. He creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar. 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 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 in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union were highly praised.
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. Since his immigration to the United States in 1995, Grisha has toured extensively in the states and abroad as a performer, instructor, and judge for many prominent festivals and venues.
‘I wanted to write and say THANK YOU so much for having Travis come to my school to work with my students. I know they really got a lot out of the lesson. Travis really helped them develop a much deeper depth of emotion in the piece my kids were working on. I really saw great engagement from my students, and a lot of faces light up in ways I’ve never seen before in a teaching situation. Thank you again so much for all you do.’
Garrett Holslag, Guitar Instructor at Ortiz Middle School, Santa Fe, NM
Past Guitar New Mexico Artists-in-Residence Matt Denman, Michael Nigro, John Truitt and Travis Marcum