Concert pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov, artist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and prolific transcriber of international renown, performs his own transcriptions of Bach, Mozart, and Debussy, as well as works by Beethoven, Chopin, Drozdoff, and Rachmaninov in another of the Impromptu! Series recitals sponsored by The Drozdoff Society and SH Acoustics.
J.S. BACH-GRYAZNOV: Contrapunctus 14 from "The Art Of Fugue”
MOZART-GRYAZNOV: Fantasy in C minor
BEETHOVEN: Sonata op. 2, No 3
DROZDOFF: Sonata No. 15
DROZDOFF: Poème for the left hand
DEBUSSY-GRYAZNOV: Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune
RACHMANINOV-GRYAZNOV: Italian Polka
RACHMANINOV: Etude-Tableau op. 39, No 5
CHOPIN: 12 Etudes op. 10
DROZDOFF: Reflections at Chopin's Urn
Vyacheslav was born in 1982 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. His musical talent became evident in his early childhood and it quickly developed to such a degree that his parents, who were not musicians themselves, took the heroic step of giving up everything in their hometown and moving to far-away Moscow, despite having nothing there and no friends or family, all for the sake of their son’s professional musical education.
In 1991, at the age of 9, Vyacheslav entered the Central Music School under the Moscow State Conservatory (class of Professor Manana Kandelaki), which he graduated from with honors in 2001. In 2001-2006 he studied at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Yuri Slesarev) which he also graduated from with honors. In 2006-2009 he attended the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate student, and since 2008 he has been working in a teaching faculty at the Moscow Conservatory, where he holds the position of assistant to the professor in the Piano Department. From the 2008/2009 concert season V. Gryaznov has belonged to the Moscow Philharmonic Society which represents him in Russia. Since 2012 he has worked as a visiting professor of piano at Kurashiki Sakuyo University of Science and Arts (Japan).
Among Gryaznov’s major transcription works the Rhapsody “In Black” on the themes of George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” stands out. This is a large standalone composition, presented in two versions: as a Piano concerto with orchestra and as a piano duet. Nikolai Petrov, a distinguished Russian pianist, said: “I believe that I am not exaggerating when I say that this is an absolutely magnificent piece of work. And it quite simply does not get any better than this – a composition brimming with virtuosity and explosive creativity”.
His brilliant concert transcriptions have already bestowed V. Gryaznov the reputation as one of the most prominent contemporary young transcribers. Many of his transcriptions have been published: “Valse-fantasie” by M. Glinka; “Italian Polka” by S. Rachmaninov; the Second Suite from the Maurice Ravel’s ballet “Daphnis and Chloe” for two pianos; «Habanera for two» after Bizet for four-hand piano; “Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune” by Debussy; three Romanses by Rachmaninov – “The night is sad”, “Vocalise,” “How peaceful” (2005, 2007, 2011, Deka-VS, Moscow, series «Masterpieces of piano transcription», volumes 3, 8, 18).
In 2014 Vyacheslav signed a contract with the publisher Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG.