Perspectives: Janine Jansen
A stunningly virtuosic pianist, Alexander Gavrylyuk has received international acclaim for his electrifying and poetic performances. Increasingly in demand for his compelling interpretations, he has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; Israel, Moscow, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; Cincinnati, Bournemouth, and NHK symphony orchestras; Stuttgarter Philharmoniker; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and others. He has collaborated with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Rafael Payare, Alexander Shelley, Yuri Simonov, Vladimir Spivakov, Markus Stenz, and Osmo Vänskä.
This season, Mr. Gavrylyuk makes his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. He also debuts with the Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, and Orchestre National de Lille. He returns to the Hallé Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Recent and upcoming recital highlights include his debut at London’s International Piano Series in addition to his return to the Royal Concertgebouw Master Pianists Series, and performances at Wigmore Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, Kölner Philharmonie, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and Melbourne Recital Centre.
In 2009, Mr. Gavrylyuk made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev concertos with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has recorded works by Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Brahms’s Paganini Variations and works by Liszt, has been widely praised.
Born in 1984, Mr. Gavrylyuk gave his first concerto performance at the age of nine. He went on to win first prize and the gold medal at Ukraine’s International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in 1999, and first prize at Japan’s Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2000. In 2005, he took both the coveted gold medal and the award for best performance of a classical concerto at the renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.