Biography

Evgeny Grigorovich is a young a composer, jazz pianist.

 

He was born in 1993 in Astrakhan (Russia). .

This young musician finished Childrens’ School of Arts № 5 in Astrakhan, where he specialized in piano in 2007 and in saxophone in 2009. Evgeny was fully engaged in local concerts and time after time placed high with regional and all-Russian competitions, such as «Golden Key», «Consonance», «Young Composer», «Musical spring» etc. For his achievements, Evgeny has been frequently honored with an award of Astrakhan Administration. At the age of 10-12 years old Evgeny made a number of piano music pieces for cycle «Child Album», which subsequently were included into the album of Astrakhan region composers. Nowadays they are used for children lessons at music schools.

In 2008 Evgeny started to study by Baeva Svetlana Pavlovna, who is the Merited Cultural Professional of Russia. As well as composing, the young musician fruitfully practiced in jazz improvisation, first under the guidance of a jazzman Rakhitin Vadim Vasilyevich and later under the guidance of a jazz composer Leshchenko Roman Nikholaevich. 

In 2009 Evgeny entered Foreign Languages Department of the State University of Astrakhan and in the meantime the «Theory of Music» faculty of the Musical College named after M.P. Mousorgsky.

During this brief tutorial at these two educational establishments under the guidance of S.P. Baeva, several chamber instrumental works such as vocal quartet on a latin text  «Dum spiro, spero», three-piece outfit for a violin, cello and piano G-dur, 5 monodies for saxophone-alt, and « The moon ballad» - jazz piece release for a piano have been made.

 In 2010 Evgeny took the first prize with his piano composition «Fantasia» on the international competition-festival «Sounds and colors of the world» in Stokholm (Sweden), and then conquered laureate diploma on the international competition festival «Silver Orfeo» in Saint-Petersburg. The young musician willingly practiced foreign languages (English and German). In 2010 he passed DaF exam on German language for C1 level. In 2011 Evgeny proceeded to Saint-Petersburg and had entered the faculty of Composition and Opera-Symphonic Conducting of Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory of Music named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov.

 

The young composer tries to practice in various genres.

In 2012 a stringed quartet «24 hours» in 3 parts and a ballet with singing «Kleopatra» on the same-name poems of Anna Akhmatova had been made. The ballet first performance took place in 2013 in a small performance hall named after A.K. Glazunov under the guidance of the Honoured Artist of Russia – Irina Taimanova. Evgeny Grigorovich participated in this performance as a conductor.

Further, the premiere of the other composition «The Liberty in scope» took place in the same hall. In 2014 a setting of this composition for the piano had been made.

Making his compositions, Evgeny often uses humor and theatricality. One of such compositions is a cycle «Three miniatures» based on the poem of G. Oster «Harmful advices» made for women vocal group, double-bass, saxophone-tenor and a grand piano, first performed at the stage of the Conservatory of Saint-Petersburg on the 1st of Аpril in 2012.

 

In the same year the premier of the love-humoristic story «Variations Play» made for the recitationist and a women chamber assemble on the basis of the text «Proposition» of Larisa Kerklend took place.

One more work in a humoristic style is a piano quintet «All together» made in 2015 on the basis of the novel of Jerome K. Jerome «Three men in a boat to say nothing of the dog». This composition with a spectacular subject is always taken by the audience very emotionally; most of all various stage directors have already made some interpretations of this composition.

In 2014 Evgeny had received an order to make background music for a musical «Lady Goddess», the performance of which now takes place in the most beautiful «City on the Neva».

The musical is directed by Ksenia Alymiz, who is also the writer of the libretto. The first performance of the musical took place in «Saint-Petersburg Theatre center on Kolomenskaya» on the 10th of March, 2014.  

The music of the musical was to like to the audience of the cultural capital of Russia. Bright, filled with love and modern city rhythm, jazz-variety compositions «This is S.Peter» and «You have a hip sway» are rather actively performed on concert venues of the city.

In 2015 Evgeny wrote the music for the motion picture «Shatters» directed by Alexander Malakhovsky from St. Petersburg. The «Shatters» film is about events of the First Chechen War. In the near future a suite for chamber orchestra and vocal assemble with the same-mane was made.

Music of Evgeny Grigorovich regularly sounds in concert halls of Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Saratov, Vologda, Novosibirsk and also in Astrakhan, the hometown of the composer. Some piano and choir compositions were performed in public in Stokholm (Sweden),Helsinki (Finland) and other European cities. The young musician often acts as interpreter. His repertoire includes not only classical piano compositions of Chopin, Schumann, Beethoven, Ravel, Glinka, Chaikovsky, Myaskovsky, Rakhmaninov, Prokofiev. Evgeny with a great pleasure plays music of modern composers of St. Petersburg, such as S.M. Slonimsky, G.O. Korchmar, B.I. Tyshyenko, B.A. Arapov and others. Jazz improvisations have an individual place in piano work.

Besides Evgeny’s enthusiasm to academic music, he is deeply involved in pop-music. Since 2012 he has been a member of «HotelRitz» musical band, where he plays piano and saxophone.

At present moment Evgeny is a five-year student of the Conservatory of Saint-Petersburg.

His head in charge is a popular composer Tanonov Anton Valerievich, who is also a chairholder of special composition and improvisation department.

Evgeny Grigorovich is a founder and director of the Youth Center of contemporary music «TALEA TEMPORA». The main activity of this center is public awareness campaign especially in the sphere of young authors’ music concerts organization, and also performance of great talented masters’ compositions which sound in Russia rather rare.  

 

This Project has become very popular and won recognition in a creative midst of the «Capital of the North». 

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