Columbus Symphony Orchestra Guest Artists

Alexander Gavrylyuk


“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, June 2015

Born in 1984, Alexander Gavrylyuk began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old.  He went on to win First prize and Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan in 2000 where the Japanese press lauded him as the “most talented 16-year old pianist of the second half of the 20th Century” and, in 2005, he took both the coveted Gold Medal as well as the award for Best Performance of a Classical Concerto at the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. 

Following his debut in 2010 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Gavrylyuk has returned to Amsterdam each year, either in recital in the Master Piano Series, with the RCO or as part of the Zatertaag Matinee at the Concertgebouw. He is now increasingly in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam as well as the Royal Scottish National, Bournemouth Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Brussels Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony and OFUNAM. He has collaborated with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Lazarev, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Vassily Petrenko, Yuri Simonov, Herbert Soudant, Osmo Vänska, Louis Langrée , Andrey Boreyko, Vladimir Spivakov, Neeme Järvi and Oleg Caetani. His solo recitals are also highly acclaimed and he has performed in venues such as Vienna Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich and Victoria Hall Geneva.

Alexander has received critical acclaim for his thrilling performances of Rachmaninov. He has performed the complete Rachmaninov concerti and the Rhapsody with both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Neeme Järvi (May 2013) and as part of the Vancouver Symphony’s Rachmaninov Festival in March 2014 with Bramwell Tovey. 

He regularly visits Japan and Asia, performing with orchestras such as NHK Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic as well as regular recital tours, often playing to sell-out audiences in Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City. He returns to Russia on a regular basis and has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov and the Svetlanov Russian State Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and at the Kremlin.

At the age of 13, Alexander moved to Sydney where he lived until 2006. He has performed with all the main Australian orchestras including Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, returning each year for concerts and recitals. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony which was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House.  In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has made several recordings including a recital disc of works by Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Prokofiev for Piano Classics. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann’s Kinderszenen, has been widely praised.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season include concerto performances with Valeriy Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic as part of the Gergiev Festival, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, NHK Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra amongst others. He will also give recitals in Toulouse, Fribourg, Moscow, Minneapolis, New York & London as well as giving recitals with Janine Jansen throughout Europe. Alexander will also undertake an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand, including recitals in Sydney & Melbourne, and concerto appearances with the Adelaide Symphony & Tasmania Symphony.

Alexander supports a number of charities including Theme and Variations Young Pianist Trust which aims to provide support and encouragement to young, aspiring Australian pianists as well as Opportunity Cambodia, which has built a residential educational facility for Cambodian children.