On the Couch with Sharon Grigoryan

Sharon Grigoryan - photo by Simon ShiffWho is Sharon Grigoryan?
I’m currently the cellist with the Australian String Quartet, a position which I’ve held since 2013. I also perform in a duo with my husband Slava Grigoryan, and try to teach whenever I can, whether it be at home or on the road. I’m also a mother to my 15-month-old son, Sebastian.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
If I wasn’t a musician, I would be in a profession with something to do with helping animals. I wanted to be a Vet for many years and think that us humans can learn a lot from animals.

Who inspires you and why?
My close friends. They continue to amaze me with their patience, love, loyalty, and the ability to show empathy and compassion to all around them. Also I greatly admire anyone who admits their faults and makes the most out of their lives and themselves.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Continue to give joy, in my own small way, to people through my music. I hope to raise my son into a person with empathy and respect to all people and creatures around him. We need more of that in the world today, I think.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Home, with my husband and son. We both travel a lot for our careers, and the three of us being home together is a novelty. We just love being at home with our garden and chickens!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Barossa Valley. I know it sounds cliché, but it really is beautiful, with beautiful people there. David Franz cellar door is a must for me.

What are you currently reading?
All That I Am by Anna Funder – although with a baby and hectic travel schedule I’m taking too long to get through it!

What are you currently listening to?
Whilst I’m typing this, I have ABC Classic streaming on my computer. I love listening to any sort of jazz to unwind, and the Punch Brothers are a favourite of mine at the moment.

Happiness is?
My family and friends, being at home. 

What does the future hold for you?
I have no idea, and I am glad I don’t! One thing I’ve learnt is that one can never predict the future, and I am so glad.

Sharon has curated a unique music series that delivers quality chamber music in an intimate and relaxed setting in Adelaide Festival Centre’s Quartet Bar – which culminates with her performing with her husband, Slava on Monday 16 December 2019. For more information, visit: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au for details.

Image: Sharon Grigoryan – photo by Simon Shiff