Gregory Ivanoff -”an artist by the Grace of God”
Russians in Australia
Gregory Ivanoff was a Russian-born violinist, who settled in Australia during the First World War. He was born at Ostrog. He lived in Sydney and in Perth in 1920s. Gregory became musical director of the St James Theatre at Elizabeth Street in Sydney. The theatre/cinema featured an orchestra conducted by Gregori Ivanoff which provided musical interludes before the show and the Intermission.
He later moved to Tasmania. Gregory Ivanoff broadcast, taught and gave concerts until his death in 1965, aged 82 .