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2010 - The Dankworth Composition Prize
2007 - Tim Garland Composition Prize
2007 - Mortimer Development Award
2006 - Larry Adler Scholarship
2005 - John E Baker Prize
Yuriy G. is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning composer and musician. He performed at such major venues and festivals as Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Southbank Centre, Vladivostok Jazz Festival, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, London Jazz Festival, Hull Jazz Festival, Barbican Centre, The Drill Hall and many more. Yuriy's name appeared at such major publications as The Guardian, Jazzwise Magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine, Jazz Journal, Jazz Weekly, Culture Jazz France, The Telegraph to name a few and his music was broadcast worldwide. Yuriy graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK where he resided from 2005 till 2012. As a bandleader, in 2012 he released his critically acclaimed debut album with a nine-piece band “Nine Of A Kind”. Yuriy G. Nonet toured the UK the same year. Yuriy G. resides permanently in New York City since 2017. His latest 2019 release “...For Its Beauty Alone” features world-renowned musicians David Binney - who also produced the album - Matt Mitchell and Rudy Royston. Press quotes: “Making a considerable splash with his startlingly fresh debut Nine of a Kind, Yuriy G. has made an impact few newcomers could dream of.” -Jazzwise Magazine “...Russia’s finest export could well be jazz bassist extraordinaire Yuriy G.” “Yuriy himself is a paragon of solid, supportive playing, while his extensive through-composed charts reveal his furtive melodic/harmonic imagination on this impressive and weighty work.” -Bass Guitar Magazine “(…For Its Beauty Alone) Each track is awash with variety and surprise with every tune consisting of everything from jazz to classical and even the sounds of electronic ambient and psychedelic music are made prominent throughout its duration… Concrete backing and virtuosic soloing of each member keeps this album hot with groove and anticipation. It’s been a strong start to 2019 in the jazz world. It’s already seeing amazing new releases frequently appearing, and For Its Beauty Alone is definitely one of them. Yuriy G. has more than shown us his talent as a modern composer. Anybody from classical music lovers to contemporary enthusiasts will find something in this album.” –Sussex Jazz Magazine
Over 15 years of teaching experience (including being a professor of a music academy), touring, performing at major venues and festivals, recording and leading my own projects. I employ healthy and efficient practicing and teaching technique through relaxation, gradual learning and individual approach. The lessons may also include theory, analysis, basic or advanced composition and many other aspects depending on the student's needs and abilities. The main goal is that my students are able to get fully engaged in the process of learning and enjoy every minute of it!
For beginners, I normally start with simple melodies and exercises. Scales and tunes can be added at a certain point. From early on, I also focus on ear training - the essential part of music learning - so a student gradually learns to hear what he/she plays. Sight reading music is also incorporated in the process from early stages. As for adults, I discuss the particular person's interests and goals as well as assess his/her ability level in order to shape the learning process with maximum efficiency. Theory, composition, arrangement and improvisation can be added at any point if desired. Relaxation exercises, efficient, encouraging and fun practicing are the essential parts of my agenda!
My main goal is to enable my students to develop a passion for music! I employ an individual approach for every student according to his/her skills and abilities. Discussing music, listening to a broad range of music are vital elements of my practice. We may talk about composers and performers of different eras and genres, emotional and historical aspects of particular music and I of course encourage students to listen to music at home providing suggestions. In my opinion, a passion can only be developed if music "finds its way" to the student's heart so the student feels the music and is able to express himself/herself through it!
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