Concert Tickets

Guitar Initiative presents

Flamenco Guitar Virtuoso

Grisha Goryachev

Live in Concert

Sunday, May 5, 2019 -- 2:00pm

Doors open, coffee and snacks at 1:30pm

Concert starts at 2:00pm

Tickets are $40

LOCATION: Ecclesia on the West Side

325 N. Piney Point Rd., Houston, TX 77024

Co-sponsored by: Guitar Houston and Ecclesia

Discounts for: Guitar Houston members ($25 each);

Seniors or Students ($20 each)

Seating is General Admission.

Guitar Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting guitar education in schools and in the community.

Your Emcee is Andrea Cannon.

This concert is a benefit concert to raise money for the Summer Guitar Conservatory classical guitar camp for June 2019. This guitar camp is free for students and builds student confidence through ensemble rehearsal and performance. Please consider a generous donation to sponsor one or more students at this four-day intensive music camp. For more information, go to:

There will be inspiring performances of students from the Conservatory 2018 as well.

Tickets are available for this event.

To purchase your tickets now, please click the "Donate" button below and donate $40/$25/$20 for each ticket you would like to purchase. Guitar Houston members, seniors and/or students, please mention your discount reason in the comment field of your donation. Discount only applies for each ticket-holder, thank you.

The Guitar Initiative of Houston presents

Flameno Virtuoso Grisha Goryachev, LIVE, in concert, on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:00pm.

Tickets are $40 and all profits from this event will go to benefit the Summer Guitar Conservatory 2019, which is FREE for the students, in the El Sistema model.


A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas.​

Grigory Goryachev began to play the guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father, Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. Following his debut at the age of nine, Mr. Goryachev enjoyed an extensive career as a child prodigy, performing regularly before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Riga, and other major cities in the then Soviet Union. He also appeared regularly on Soviet television and radio and was featured in numerous major newspapers and magazines. His participation at the age of 13 in the T.V. marathon, Revival of St. Petersburg, was transmitted live to more than one hundred countries worldwide.

In 1991, Goryachev was awarded second prize in the Danny Kaye International Childrens Awards held in the Hague, Netherlands. Sponsored by UNICEF, this competition featured participants on all instruments from twenty-six countries. Later that same year, Mr. Goryachev was invited to perform at the UN headquarters in New York City. Directly thereafter, he toured Scandinavia and performed by special invitation for the Royalty of Iceland. In 1993, Mr Goryachev was chosen to represent his native city in the Days of St. Petersburg in Jerusalem Festival, and in 1994 at the invitation of Vladimir Spivakov, he performed at the Festival International de Colmar held in memory of Andres Segovia in Colmar, France.​

​Following a tour of Spain, Goryachev was invited to play for flamenco legend, Paco de Lucía, who soon after personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa (subsequently awarded in the year 1997 on the basis of Extraordinary Ability).

Since coming to the United States, Mr. Goryachev has continued his lifelong love affair with flamenco while deepening his involvement with the classical style. His repertoire now includes classical solos, chamber music and guitar concertos and more than six hours of flamenco solos by such composers as Paco de Lucía, Vicente Amigo, Manolo Sanlucar, Rafael Riqueni, and others. As the flamenco repertoire is for the most part unpublished, Mr. Goryachev has performed the somewhat incredible feat of transcribing entirely by ear from the recordings.​

Grisha strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces that now exist only on records, by performing them in concerts. Grisha exposes the audiences to some of the best guitar compositions flamenco has to offer. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical music.

In May 2005 Mr. Goryachev received a special prize for the Best Performance of Spanish Music at the VI International Classical Guitar Competition "Julian Arcás" in Almería, Spain. As a winner of this prize, Mr. Goryachev performed recitals in Spain at "Festival de Música Española de Cádiz" and "Festival de Música de Jimena de la Frontera".​

Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. He was one of the 30 people in 2006 to become a fellow of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field.

A firm believer in exposing the young generations to the beauty of classical and flamenco guitar, he likes to include Outreach performances and workshops at schools as part of his concert tours.

Grishas YouTube videos have collected over two million views and many notable comments. Grisha recorded two CDs, Alma Flamenca and Homenaje a Sabicas. These CDS were recorded on on classical guitars by Stephan Connor (Cataumet, Massachusetts).

Grisha currently plays the following instruments: flamenco blanca and flamenco negra by Lester DeVoe (Nipomo, California); 7-string flamenco negra by Matthew Morello (Ogden, Utah); and classical guitar also by Matthew Morello. For many years, Grisha played guitars made by the master luthier Georgy Babichev.

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Guitar Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting guitar education in schools and in the community.

Thank you for enjoying the guitar and supporting local guitar education!

We hope to share this amazing talent with you! And for such a great cause!

Kindest regards,

-- Edward Grigassy


Co-founder, Guitar Initiative

Director, Summer Guitar Conservatory 2019