Sunday 3rd November at 2.30pm

Alexander Gavrylyuk – Piano

Alexander Gavrylyuk is, easily, the most compelling pianist of his generation. (Roger Woodward – eminent Australian pianist)


Mozart: Rondo in D Major, K485
Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op 79, No 2
Brahms: Intermezzi, Op 117, Nos 2 & 3
Liszt: Étude No 6
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre (Liszt/Horowitz)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

How very fortunate we are to be hosting a third visit from this stunningly virtuosic pianist.

Alexander Gavrylyuk’s international profile has continued to rise since he first played for us in 2014. He launched his 2017/18 season with a BBC Proms performance of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto described as “revelatory” by The Times and “electrifying” by Limelight. Similarly acclaimed performances have followed, including with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Czech Philharmonic and The Hallé. The coming season includes debuts with several more internationally acclaimed orchestras.

Born in Ukraine in 1984, Alexander won First Prize and Gold Medal at the Horowitz International Piano Competition in 1999, followed by First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Competition and the coveted Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition.

In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concertos with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony. He has also recorded works by Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. Reviewing his latest disc of works by Brahms and Liszt, Gramophone Magazine raved “this album should be in every serious collector’s library.”

Alexander’s admiring followers in Waikanae will be treated to an appealing programme including Mozart’s lively Rondo in D, some romantic Brahms, some technical fireworks by Liszt, and Mussorgsky’s mighty masterpiece – “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

This concert is generously supported by the Deane Endowment Trust