For ASQ cellist Sharon Grigoryan (nee Draper), working with the Quartet breaks down the barrier of the concert hall and brings communities into intimate contact with great music.

Born in Melbourne, Sharon studied at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under David Berlin, Philip Green, and Howard Penny. From 2008-2012 Sharon held a position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and was a regular participant in their Chamber Players series. In 2009 she formed the Hopkins String Quartet and was, in the same year, accepted into the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artists program. She has since toured extensively with the ACO.

In 2011 Sharon was a recipient of the MSO Friends’ Travel Scholarship and spent a year in Berlin studying with Professor Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Nicolas Alsteadt. Since then she has performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Spira Mirabilis Chamber Orchestra, as well as being a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Sharon has performed as a guest with the Australia Ensemble, and the Australian World Orchestra under conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Ricardo Muti. In 2015 she formed a duo with guitarist and husband Slava Grigoryan, and is the current Artistic Director of the Barossa, Baroque and Beyond music festival, now in its 5th year.

Sharon also has a passion for teaching. Apart from teaching the cello privately, she has tutored ensembles such as the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, AYO’s National Music Camp orchestras, and been a guest chamber music tutor at ANAM.

Sharon’s dream for the Australian String Quartet is, “to be a truly national group that not only creates great music, but gets to know on a personal level all the communities that we visit. In getting to know our audience, we hope they get to know us too – not only as four performers, but four people with a shared passion for music, friendship, and life.”

Sharon Grigoryan is currently on maternity leave and will return mid-2019. In the meantime, we are excited to be performing with some more of Australia’s top cellists.