Classical pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov is the author of more than 30 concert arrangements and transcriptions. His works have been performed by Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Ghindin, Nikita Mndoyants, Tomoharu Ushida, the Messiaen-Quartet, the Moscow State Chamber Choir, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and by many other musicians and collectives. They are heard in concert halls all over the world, and are chosen for prestigious international music contests like the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He performed at Carnegie Hall as winner of the 2016 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition and recently completed recording his first CD on the Steinway & Sons label.
By special arrangement, VCA is honored to welcome “Slava” Gryanznov to our stage for an invigorating program of Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Ravel. Slava will give a pre-concert lecture on the Rachmaninoff Six Moments Musicaux, Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit, and his own transcription of Debussy’s Afternoon of the Faun. The lecture is included in the ticket price.
Slava is recognized for his outstanding musical transcription of classical works for solo piano. While doing research for his upcoming Music History Lecture on Debussy, island musicologist and amateur pianist Michael Tracy first heard Slava playing his transcription of Debussy’s “The Afternoon of a Fawn.”
“It blew me away,” he said. In fact, Tracy was so impressed by what he heard that he tracked down Slava’s agent and arranged for the 36-year old pianist to include a stop on Vashon during his West Coast tour.
“We are also arranging to have a concert grand piano brought over from Seattle, courtesy of Steinway,” Tracy said. “Steinway typically will offer pianos for their Steinway performers, like Slava.”
Slava recorded his first CD on the Steinway & Sons label last year in addition to performing at Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie as well as engagements in Russia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Austria and France. Slava is a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and author of more than 30 concert arrangements and transcriptions. He has quickly gained a reputation as “one of the most remarkable young arrangers working today.”
Musical transcription — arranging an orchestral piece of music for a solo performer — was a common practice among the great pianists of the 19th century, Tracy said.
“With transcribing, you try to keep as much of the original notes for the orchestra while knowing the limits of the piano, plus using your own and the composer’s sensibilities,” he explained. “Transcribing died out in World War II, but now people realize that it is a genre in itself.”
The first half of Slava’s program will feature Rachmaninoff, who represents the end of the 19th century Romantic period. The second half will include Debussy and Ravel, and from these two Impressionist composers, Tracy said, we can see the beginning sound of jazz and Broadway in the 20th century.
Tickets available at VashonCenterForTheArts.org
Saturday, February 2 | 6:45 pm pre-concert lecture | 7:30 pm concert
Advance Tickets: $10 Student, $28 Member, $30 Senior, $32 General | All tickets at the door: $36