Grigory Novikov was born 1979 in Kirov, Russia. He started to learn to play the guitar at the age of 16 with the professor Vera Tataurova in a music school in Kirov. Between 1997—2006 he studied at the Music College in Kirov, and N. Novgorod. He continued his studies in N. Novgorod’s Conservatory with the well known musician and accomplished guitar player Professor Vladimir Mityakov.
Since 2011, he has been director of Matyaev’s International Guitar Festival in Kirov.
In 2013, the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation conferred to Grigory Novikov the brand personality award as a world-leading classical guitarist.
Since 2010, Grigory also has an official contract with Savarez (France).
In recent years, he has played in many important musical events.
These include International Guitar Festivals and Music Halls in Singapore, Malaysia, Israel, Switzerland, Mexico, Indonesia, Austria, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia, Germany, France, South Korea, Thailand, Croatia, Ukraine and Belorussia.
Several composers have dedicated works to him:
T.Shvanserberg (Germany), R.Bauer (Germany) and S.Arbiol (France).
Some of the most influential guitars makers worldwide have presented him with his own custom handmade guitars.
They include Jeffrey Yong (Malaysia), Kim Hee Hong (South Korea) , Lance Litchfield (Australia), Sergey Samoilov (Russia), Mikhail Fedchenko (Russia), Zakki Luthier (Indonesia), and L. Luthier (Malaysia).
Grigory Novikov has been awarded many prizes in the following guitar competitions :
1st prize, Volos International Guitar Festival ( Greece, 2009 )
1st prize, Todi International Guitar Competition ( Italy, 2008 )
1st prize, Thailand International Guitar Festival ( Thailand, 2008 )
1st prize, National Russian FSI Competition ( Russia, 2004 )
1st prize, National Russian FSI Competition ( Russia, 1999 )
2nd prize, Ile de Re International Guitar Festival ( France, 2007 )
2nd prize, IV International Guitar Festival ( Russia, 2006 )
3rd prize, National Russian FSI Competition ( Russia, 2003 )
Prize for best interpretation of music by J.S.Bach ( 2005 )