Whatever you do, don’t miss Gavrylyuk
It’s going to be a great year for lovers of classical piano, with performances by Murray Perhia, Joyce Yang, Jonathan Bis, Ingrid Fliter, the beautiful Labeque sisters, Geoffrey Lancaster, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. But if I were allowed to attend only one recital in 2013 if would be to hear Alexander Gavrylyuk, who is performing in Sydney and Melbourne in February…writes Fraser Beath McEwing.
I’ve heard Gavrylyuk in both solo recitals and concertos, and his playing is simply electrifying.
Born in The Ukraine in 1984, he came to Australia aged 13 to study in Sydney. He was one of a crop of remarkable young Ukrainian pianists of similar age who immediately established a beachhead of technique and musical insight way beyond their years.
Gavrylyuk rose to the top of this group, winning major piano competitions all over the world and being invited to play solo recitals and concertos with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras.
In spite of a frenetic concert career, he regularly visits Australia, his adopted country of citizenship.
In 2003 he was invited to join the prestigious honour roll of Steinway artists, joining the ranks of international stars such as Lang Lang, Vladimir Ashkenazy and piano immortals Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould and Arthur Rubinstein.
For his Australian recitals, Gavrylyuk has chosen a dazzling and challenging program, which includes Bach’s Italian Concerto, Schumann’s Fantasy and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Melbourne – Saturday February 16, Melbourne Recital Centre, 8pm Bookings: 9699 3333
Sydney – Thursday February 21 at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place Bookings: 8256 2222
Fraser Beath McEwing is an accomplished pianist and commentator on classical music performance and is a founding member of The theme & Variations Foundation Advisory Board which provides assistance to talented young Australian pianists. His professional background is in journalism, editing and publishing. He is also the author of three novels.He is a Governor of the Sir Moses Montefiore Home.