Alexander Gavrylyuk

Alexander Gavrylyuk


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

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: Gavrylyuk’s schedule includes concertos with the Concertgebouw and Cincinnati orchestras and recitals in Budapest, London, Vienna, Moscowand 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 Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. But that’s all in a night’s work for Alexander Gavrylyuk.

Marshall McGuire, Head of Artistic Planning on Alexander Gavrylyuk:

Born in Ukraine but spending his formative years in Sydney, Alexander is a remarkable pianist, grabbing headlines when he performed all the Prokofiev piano concertos with the Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In his hands, this music has a thrilling authenticity and his program showcases his poetry and his virtuosity.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Andrew McKinnon Presentations


Romantics and Russians

Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata in A, D664

Frederic Chopin
Fantasie in F minor, Op.49
Nocture 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


Robert Schumann
Of Foreign Lands and Peoples’ from the ‘Scenes of Childhood’ (‘Kinderszenen’), Op.15

Arkady Filippenko
Toccata in C

Robert Schumann
Träumerei’ (‘Dreaming’) from the ‘Scenes of Childhood’ (‘Kinderszenen’), Op.15


Join us for a pre-concert talk with Phillip Sametz in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from 6.45pm – 7.15pm.