Slava Grigoryan has won the ARIA for Best Classical Album at the 2018 ARIA Fine Arts and Artisan Awards for his hugely popular Bach Cello Suites Volume II on ABC Classics, taking out the award for the second year running after the first volume of his Bach Cello Suites won in 2017. The win was announced today at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Also nominated in the category were pianist Sally Whitwell’s Philip Glass: Complete Etudes For Solo Piano, pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska’s Into Silence (with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Johannes Fritzsch), soprano Greta Bradman for Home (with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Chamber Singers, conducted by Luke Dollman) and violinist Ray Chen for The Golden Age. This will be Grigoryan’s fourth ARIA win, from 17 ARIA nominations over the years.

“What can I say that hasn’t been said about the Cello Suites before? I’m constantly staggered by the universe of ideas in each movement of every Suite,” Grigoryan said. “The simplicity, the elegance, the structure and the spirit are simply breathtaking. It’s been such an honour to play this music. I know that, over time, there will be many changes as I continue to play them in live performances, but I also know that that’s kind of the point: there will never be a perfect version, just a long-term relationship with notes on a page that trigger feelings and emotions on a deeply profound level for the musician attempting to communicate through them.”

ABC Classics has also announced that Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are releasing a new album of Bach’s Concertos, performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey, with arrangements by Slava and Leonard’s father, Edward Grigoryan.