His Bach Cello Suites has been recognised at the AIR Awards, as was James Morrison and Don Burrows’ In Good Company.

Guitarist Slava Grigoryan has taken home Best Independent Classical Album for his Bach Cello Suites Volume I at the 11th AIR Awards. Released in November 2016, the album retained its number one position on the ARIA Classical Chart for a record-breaking 13 weeks, and has spent 29 consecutive weeks in the top 10. It is believed to be the world-premiere recording of the suites on baritone guitar.

Writing for Limelight during the recording of the album, Grigoryan said: “I feel so strongly about this music. When I’m working with students, I’m always telling them it’s important to imagine you wrote this music yourself and be as proud of it as you possibly can. To connect with an audience you have to imagine Bach’s ideas are your ideas. That way it becomes so much more believable…I really hope that in my own small way I will be able to pay tribute to all those other brilliant interpretations of Bach”.

The AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) Awards recognise Australia’s best independent recording artists, spanning a range of genres as diverse as classical, jazz, blues and roots, country, hip hop, and dance electronica.

Another ABC Classics release was recognised at this year’s AIR Awards, with James Morrison and Don Burrows winning Best Independent Jazz Album for In Good Company. The album is the last for Burrows, who plays alongside his renowned student on the recording.

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