ALEXANDER GAVRYLYUK, piano
"Gavrylyuk was on fire in the huge first movement’s three cadenzas – eating up those octaves, the scales burning with visceral power – while drawing a wide variety of clearly articulated color elsewhere...Wowed the crowd Gavrylyuk did.” - Los Angeles Times September 2010
"A new grand pianist has risen" - Brabants Dagbland February 2010
“Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk is the discovery of the year" - Trouw, February 2009
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 “best 16 year old pianist of the late 20th century” and, 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 Piano Series or with the RCO. 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, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam as well as the Royal Scottish National, Bournemouth Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Brussels Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony and OFUNAM. He has collaborated with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Lazarev, Lang-Lessing, Vassily Petrenko, Segerstam, Yuri Simonov, Herbert Soudant,Osmo Vänska and Andrey Boreyko.
In May 2013 he made his debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande on a concert tour with the complete Rachmaninov concerti and the Rhapsody, conducted by Neeme Järvi.
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 a recital disc of works by Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Prokofiev for Piano Classics.
Highlights of the 2013/14 season include concerto performances with the Concertgebouworkest, Bournemouth Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Istanbul Philharmonic. He will also give recitals in Fribourg, Moscow and throughout Australia.
Alexander supports a number of charities including Theme and Variations Young Pianist Trust which aims to provide support and encouragement to young and aspiring Australian pianists as well as Opportunity Cambodia, which has built a residential educational facility for needy Cambodian children.
Alexander is a Steinway artist.