“Immense command, pianistic colour, dynamic range, dazzling technical assuredness, conviction, musical personality and a deep understanding of the music.” Bach Track

“Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade, every time he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing” De Telegraaf

Alexander Gavrylyuk is a virtuoso in the grand manner of a Horowitz, Richter or Rubinstein – a barnstorming, red-blooded Romantic. He started learning piano at seven, moved from the Ukraine to Sydney aged 13, and commenced his prize-winning career aged 15. The young master has effortlessly transitioned from prodigy to busy international soloist while still in his early 30s: highlights of Gavrylyuk’s extraordinary career have included concertos with the Concertgebouw, the New York, Israel, and Moscow Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras, headlining at the Hollywood Bowl, and recitals in Budapest, London, Vienna, Moscow and Tokyo. With these career peaks scaled already, imagine what he’ll do in the next 15 years? What’s not in question is that Gavrylyuk is going to be one of the most talked-about musicians of his generation.

As recital programs go, they don’t get more testing of technique and musicality than this one, comprised of works exclusively by pianist-composers: Schubert’s little A-major sonata requires lyricism and a light touch, Chopin’s delicate traceries hide turbulent emotions which probe a musician’s soul as much as their fingers, while Prokofiev’s eight-minute sonata is pure steel-fingered bravura with a dash of wit. Rachmaninoff is something of a speciality for Gavrylyuk, and here he’s represented by a selection of Études-Tableaux. As the name suggests, these are ‘pictures’ as much as ‘studies’, challenging both the technical and imaginative powers of the musician to paint a different mood and character with each piece. Balakirev’s glittering ‘oriental fantasy’, Islamey, makes an extravagantly virtuosic finale to raise the roof on City Recital Hall. But that’s all in a night’s work for Alexander Gavrylyuk.

Melbourne – Melbourne Recital Centre
Monday 6th June 2016, 7.30pm
Melbourne bookings: http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2016/alexander-gavrylyuk/

Sydney – City Recital Hall
Thursday 16th June 2016, 7.30pm
Sydney bookings: https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/alexander-gavrylyuk

PROGRAM

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata in A, D664

Frederic Chopin
Fantasie in F minor, Op.49
Nocturne, Op.27, No.2
Polonaise in A-flat, Op.53

Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Études-Tableaux, Op.39 (selection)

Mily Balakirev
Islamey, Op.18