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Virtuoso pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk still calls Australia home Monday

BY Caitlin Benetatos | 28-Feb-2014
Having spent almost a decade studying in Australia in his teens, internationally renowned concert pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk will be making a triumphant return to Sydney to perform as part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s highly acclaimed International Pianists in Recital series.
Venue: City Recital Hall
Address: Angel Place
Date: Monday 10 March
Time: 7pm
Web: www.sydneysymphony.com

Although he now resides in Berlin with his Australian wife and young daughter, the 29-year-old virtuoso still manages to find time in his busy performance to schedule return to Australia on a regular basis.

"Australia is home." Mr. Gavrylyuk explains. "I grew to love Australia for so many reasons, but it was my eventual discovery of true inner and outer freedom that I am most grateful to the Australian 'way of life' for. The country's balanced environment dramatically broadened my vision both personally and artistically, and it remains my favourite place in the world to perform in and to visit."

Mr. Gavrylyuk is forging an illustrious international career, having won gold at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, the 2000 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, and the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Masters Piano Competition.

He regularly performs with the world's leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed in all the major international concert halls.

In 2009, Mr. Gavrylyuk collaborated with former SSO Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to record the complete Prokofiev piano concertos, an album which was met with critical acclaim upon its release.

Mr. Gavrylyuk will be returning to the music of Prokofiev in his upcoming Sydney recital, performing an exciting program that includes the composer's virtuosic Piano Sonata No. 6 (War Sonata 1). "To me, Prokofiev's music is a very unique, unparalleled language, which proudly stands alone. He was so influenced by the tragic historical events of his time, in particular the Second World War which is reflected in his three War Sonatas for piano. There is always a sense of struggle between the good and the bad in his music, but the important thing is that the better side seems to be victorious in most cases!"

Supported by Theme & Variations, the SSO's International Pianists in Recital series brings classical music's greatest piano virtuosos to Sydney's concert halls. Following Mr. Gavrylyuk's performance, Sydney audiences can look forward to hearing three other phenomenal pianists as part of the 2014 series, including Lukáš Vondráček, Stephen Hough, and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.