With Volume II out soon, the classical guitarist has won an ARIA Fine Arts Award for his Bach Cello Suites Volume I.

Classical guitarist Slava Grigoryan has won the award for Best Classical Album at the 2017 ARIA Fine Arts and Artisan Awards for his Bach Cello Suites Volume I. Released in November 2016, the album spent a record-breaking 13 weeks at number one on the ARIA Classical Chart and is still in the top 10.

It was Grigoryan’s first solo album in 15 years and the first solo album on which he had played a baritone guitar. It received a four-and-half star review from Limelight and, in July, won Best Independent Classical Album at the AIR Awards. Grigoryan has since recorded Bach Cello Suites Volume II, to be released  by ABC Classics on November 3.

The winners of this year’s ARIA Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced today at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of a ceremony to announce the ARIA Award nominations for this year, to be presented in November.

Grigoryan was also one of the musicians featured on the soundtrack for the Australian film Ali’s Wedding, which took home Best Original Soundtrack, for which composer Nigel Westlake, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Tawadros, Lior and Grigoryan were honoured. Read the Limelight review of the film.

He had also been nominated for Best Classical Album for Songs Without Words, recorded with his brother Leonard Grigoryan and Best World Music Album for Migration, recorded with the Australian String Quartet.

The award for Best World Music Album went to Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp for Songs of the Latin Skies which received a four-and-half star review from Limelight.

Best Comedy Album went to Clarke’s Classics, which features an appearance by beloved Australian comedian John Clarke as a guest presenter on ABC Classic FM’s Saturday Morning in October 2016. When the show was re-aired as a tribute after his sudden death in April, the audience response was so overwhelming that ABC Classic FM and ABC Classics decided to release the programme as a three-disc set – which Limelight wrote about when it was released.