Russian Guitarist Takes First Prize At 2020 The International Acoustic Music Awards


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Multi-award winning guitarist, composer and bandleader Roman Miroshnichenko took first prize at the 16th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) in the “Instrumental" category for composition “Ostrov". The IAMA, one of the world's leading international songwriting events, honors songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists. Winners were selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers from SONY Music, Warner/Reprise Records, etc.

Roman Miroshnichenko is one of the most prominent virtuosos in Europe. Four-time recipient of the Independent Music Awards, 1st Prize winner of the USA Songwriting Competition, Winner ("Honorable Mention" prize) of the International Songwriting Competition. During his illustrious career, Miroshnichenko has performed or recorded with world-renowned musicians including: Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Djivan Gasparyan, Dominique di Piazza, Paul Wertico, Heather Headley, Marco Mendoza, to name a few.

More About Roman Miroshnichenko

Roman Miroshnichenko is a virtuoso guitarist, one of the premier guitarists of new generation in Europe, who cares the candle of jazz-fusion. He has been nominated and multi-awarded in more different international most prestigious musical contests than anyone of Russian jazz musicians.

Roman is the 4-times Winner of 9th and 15th Annual Independent Music Awards and the 1st Prize Winner of the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition (2013). “Honorable Mention” Award of the International Songwriting Competition (2014). He was also a Finalist of the UK Songwriting Contest (2016) and the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (2014). His soaring career as an artist includes numerous awards from international jazz festivals and contests, collective performances, and recordings with such world-renowned musicians as: Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Marco Mendoza, Heather Headley, Djivan Gasparyan, Joao Donato, Daniel “Pipi“ Piazzolla, Dominique Di Piazza, to name a few.

Roman was born in 1977 and his first musical experience was on drums. However, when he was fourteen he took lessons from a different guitarists who introduced him to a wide variety of blues-rock guitar. As time went on, Roman became increasingly more interested jazz-fusion and he was heavily influenced by such guitar legends as John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia, Larry Coryell and Al Di Meola. In 2002, Roman founded his own band, RMProject, and has been touring since then all across Europe, Asia, and the USA on a regular basis. Miroshnichenko is a frequent visitor at many biggest music exhibitions and festivals.

In 2013 Hal Leonard Books released “The Great Jazz Guitarists” encyclopedia, the most comprehensive guide to jazz guitarists ever published (from Django Reinhardt to Les Paul, Jeff Beck and beyond) with information about Roman Miroshnichenko.

In April 2015, was out the legendary guitarist Steve Vai’s double disc DVD “Stillness in Motion, includes a bonus disc premiering “The Space Between the Notes”, a revelatory video diary comprised of behind-the-scenes during Vai’s epic “Story of Light” World Tour and rehearsal and the show moments of Steve's joint performance with Roman Miroshnichenko’s rock-band and symphony orchestra as well.

“Roman is a magnificent guitarist and 'the real soldier' who has perfect feeling of my music along with phenomenal technique”. – Steve Vai noted.

For a few years, Roman cooperated with the ‘Godfather of fusion’ Larry Coryell. In May 2015, a new and vibrant production “War&Peace, The Opera” by Larry Coryell, featuring “The Philharmonic Orchestra”, along with a jazz trio of Roman Miroshnichenko and Slovenian Academy of music Ljubljana choir was well received at “World Of Guitar” festival.

Larry Coryell commented on Roman’s playing: “It is a wondrous aspect of the modern guitar evolution that a young Russian could faithfully embrace the Spanish/Gypsy culture with such accuracy.“

In 2017 Roman celebrates his creative life jubilee- 25 years of music- by releasing new album «Ascension». The new album was recorded with his long time band, which includes Val Chernook on drums and Oleg Kanakov on bass. He is also joined by special guests: Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, famous Argentinian pianist Mario Parmisano, renown Floridian musicians Luis Alicea (drums) and Aron Ferre (keyboards), Danish virtuoso Henrik Andersen and world class percussionist Gumbi Ortiz.

Al Di Meola, the legendary guitarist, commented on the release: «Roman's adventurous complex playing and songs take the listener on a tour de force journey. Carrying on with a great tradition of fusion well done!»

Roman Miroshnichenko – is the official artist/endorser of the Italian company IK Multimedia, Japanese company Roland Music, Danish company DPA Microphones, British company Orange Amps and American companies: Ovation Guitars, Paul Reed Smith guitars, and D’Addario & Company Inc.

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