The last six months have been huge for guitarist Slava Grigoryan and the Australian String Quartet. Their new CD for ABC Classics is on sale today and the quintet is about to embark on a national tour. And all of this hot on the heels of a wedding: the ASQ’s cellist Sharon Draper married Slava Grigoryan at the Ukaria Cultural Centre in Mt Barker, South Australia, in December.

“It was a wonderful, relaxed affair,” Sharon (now Grigoryan) tells me over the phone from Adelaide, where she’s relaxing after a highly successful tour with the quartet to Italy and the UK. “The whole quartet was there with their families as well.”

Sharon and Slava Grigoryan Newlyweds Sharon and Slava Grigoryan at UKARIA Cultural Centre. Photos © Jacqui Way

The new Grigoryan couples’ links with Ukaria run deep, not least because Ulrike Klein, who built the centre, bought the Guadagnini instruments that the ASQ plays. “The quartet has played there a few times and Slava has played there a few times, and we knew we wanted it there, because it has already become a very special place in our hearts,” Sharon says.

“It was just really...

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