From: United Kingdom
Genre: World, Classical/Crossover, Vocal
Born in London, Gari Glaysher took an unconventional path into his classical music career. As a youth, he took up training in boxing and then went onto Taekwon-do, becoming a three-time national champion. He currently holds a second-degree black belt. Gari credits his background in Taekwon-do for teaching him discipline, self-control and focus...all skills which have been invaluable to him as a professional singer. He recently had the great honour of singing the national anthem and other songs for the ITF Taekwon-do World Cup opening ceremonies in Brighton, performing for an appreciative audience.
Gari got his start in music playing guitar in a rock band, doing gigs in pubs and nightclubs until the lead singer left and Gari was called on to fill the spot. It was then that he decided to begin formal vocal training in order to build the endurance needed to be a lead singer. His teacher recognized Gari's strong, natural spinto tenor voice and encouraged him to train for classical and opera. Gari formally studied in guitar and piano and he has worked with prominent vocal coach Fernando Bandera in Italy. He has also worked with many music coaches from the Guildhall School of Music and the Trinity School of Music. His first opera role was as Cavaradossi in Puccini's "Tosca". Since then, he has performed leading tenor roles in operas such as "Carmen", "La Traviata", "La Boheme", "Pagliacci", "Cavalleria Rusticana", and "Aida". Gari has also built an impressive repertoire in operettas, especially in Gilbert & Sullivan. His roles have included leads in "The Pirates of Penzance", "The Merry Widow", "The Mikado", "HMS Pinafore", "The Gondoliers", "Ruddigore", as well as on the musical stage in the role of Tony in "West Side Story". He has sung for Prince Albert of Monaco and HRH Sophie the Countess of Wessex, and has performed on concert stages in England, Italy, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Spain and Canada.
Gari has performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Studio Theatre in the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Port Theatre (Vancouver), Hever Castle, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Natural History Museum, the Dali Museum, Squeryes Court, Chartwell, Groombridge Place, and Chatsworth House. In 2008, Gari performed his first solo concert at the indig02 in London to a sold-out audience, which was met with rave reviews. In 2009, Gari released his debut album "Serenata", a collection of Italian love songs including two songs which were penned by renowned composer Andrea Bellentani and Cristina Pavarotti, daughter of the famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and which were among several songs offered personally to Gari by both Bellentani and Pavarotti. Gari followed up "Serenata" with his second album "Somewhere" in 2011, which includes three completely original songs. In 2012, he released his third album "Come What May", his first all-English album of songs from the musical theatre and classical/crossover genres.
A versatile singer equally at home in music ranging from rock to musical theatre to classical and opera...and a kind, warm-hearted nature have brought Gari many fans from around the world. He is planning his next album, a collection of arias, which he hopes to release in 2013.