The Ukrainian pianist, Alexander Gavrylyuk, began his piano studies at the age of seven. He gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. In 1996 he was a prize winner in Senigalia, Italy and in 1997 was a 2nd prize winner at the Second Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev. The next big step for Alexander was going back to compete at the 3rd Horowitz International Piano Competition and winning the coveted First prize and Gold medal in 1999. Proclaimed as “the best sixteen-year-old pianist of the late twentieth-century” by critics in Japan in November 2000 after winning First Prize in the prestigious 4th Hamamatsu International piano Competition in Japan. He was 16 years old in a field of competitors ranging in age from 16 to 32. Alexander returns regularly, touring Japan and performing to a full house in Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City Hall. He recorded his first two CD’s in Japan.
Alexander Gavrylyuk lived in Sydney, Australia from 1998 to 2006. His Australian performances include the ‘Stars of the Future’ series at Government House in 1998, Proms concert for the Festival of Sydney (1999), the Sergei Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Festivals of Piano Concertos (1998, 1999). He has numerously performed for both radio (ABC Classic FM) and television (ABC and SBS). His Australian concert activities in more recent years include recitals at the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall in Sydney as well as performances with the Melbourne Symphony and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s in 2006.
In April 2005, Alexander Gavrylyuk won the First Prize, Gold Medal as well as the Best Performance of a Classical Concerto in the internationally renowned 11th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. That year, VAI International recorded his live performance at the Miami Piano Discoveries Festival, USA, for international DVD release which went on to receive four and five star ratings in the international press.
Alexander Gavrylyuk has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, and Western Australia Symphony. He has performed with conductors Vladimir Spivakov, Segerstam, Fedoseyev, Gruppman, and Ettinger.
In January 2007 Alexander Gavrylyuk had his solo debut recital at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium at the invitation of Nikolay Petrov. Currently based in Moscow, he has also performed a solo recital at the Kremlin. This year Alexander is scheduled to appear in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Taipei, and the USA. In May he will record his second DVD with VAI in Miami.
“…such blow-your-socks-off virtuosity is complemented with a dark, intense, ferociously concentrated essence and nature…unlike so many competition winners we shall surely be hearing a lot more of this prodigiously gifted young pianist and life force.” Bryce Morrison, Deutsche Gramophone June issue 2006
“A world class pianist performing at his absolute best”…New York Times, 2005
“On 13 May 2005 at the Lincoln Theater in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, “Ukrainian firebrand Alexander Gavrylyuk commenced the proceedings. Gavrylyuk is the Gold Medal Winner of Israel’s Artur Rubinstein Competition. From his remarkable playing and artistic insight, it was easy to see what impressed the competition jury.” – Critic, Lawrence Budman