A stunningly virtuosic pianist, Alexander has received international critical acclaim for his electrifying and poetic performances. Born in 1984, Alexander Gavrylyuk began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. He went on to win First prize and Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan in 2000 where the Japanese press lauded him as the “most talented 16year old pianist of the second half of the 20th Century”. In 2005, he took both the coveted Gold Medal as well as the award for Best Performance of a Classical Concerto at the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition.
Following his debut in 2010 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Gavrylyuk has returned to Amsterdam each year, either in recital in the Master Pianist’s Series, with the RCO or as part of the Zatertaag Matinee at the Concertgebouw. He is now increasingly in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Israel Warsaw, Moscow and Rotterdam as well as the Royal Scottish National, NHK Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Hallé, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Sydney Symphony and others. He has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Thomas Dausgaard, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Karabits, Louis Langrée, Alexander Lazarev, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Gianandrea Noseda, Vassily Petrenko, Rafael Payare, Alexander Shelley, Yuri Simonov, Herbert Soudant, Vladimir Spivakov, Markus Stenz and Osmo Vänska.
He regularly visits Japan and Asia, performing with orchestras such as NHK Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic as well as regular recital tours, often playing to sell-out audiences in Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City. He returns to Russia on a regular basis and has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov and the Svetlanov Russian State Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and at the Kremlin.
At the age of 13, Alexander moved to Sydney where he lived until 2006. He has performed with all the main Australian orchestras including Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, returning each year for concerts and recitals. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony which was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has made several recordings including recital discs of works by Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Brahms Paganini Variations and works by Liszt has been widely praised.
Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Alexander’s BBC Proms debut with BBC Scottish Symphony & Thomas Dausgaard, performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3. He will also make debuts with orchestras including Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Mainz Philharmonic & Orchestre National de Lille. He will make return visits to Hallé, Tokyo Symphony, Concertgebouworkest & Sydney Symphony amongst others.
Alexander is renowned for his solo recital programmes and performs regularly at numerous prestigious venues worldwide. Recent and upcoming highlights include his International Piano Series debut in London, Concertgebouw Mater Pianists Series, Wigmore Hall, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cologne Philharmonie, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Vancouver, San Francisco, Tokyo City Concert Hall, Sydney Recital Hall & Melbourne Recital Centre. He will also tour Europe, Asia & North America in duo recital with Janine Jansen.
Alexander is Artist in Residence at Chautauqua Institution where he leads the piano program as an artistic advisor. He supports a number of charities including Theme and Variations Young Pianist Trust which aims to provide support and encouragement to young, aspiring Australian pianists as well as Opportunity Cambodia, which has built a residential educational facility for Cambodian children.
Bertrand de Billy & Alexander Gavrylyuk (piano)
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