Fresh from a highly successful BBC Proms debut with the BBCSO, this week sees Alexander Gavrylyuk return to the Hallé Orchestra, for two concerts in Sheffield and Manchester, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. He will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at a concert celebrating the 85th anniversary of Sheffield City Hall (29 September, Sheffield City Hall), and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in the opening concert of the Thursday Series (5 October, Bridgewater Hall).
Gavrylyuk’s BBC Proms debut made the BBC’s ‘Editor’s Top Ten Concerts’, as well as receiving fantastic reviews:
“Here was a pianist in command of the music and the music in command of him. This Ukrainian pianist impressed by his fluid projection of the music’s quiet confidences and silvery tendrils …”
Rob Barnett, Seen and Heard International
““Gavrylyuk’s ease with Rachmaninov’s passagework was startling. Technique is one thing, taste is another. His triplets and trills were pert and crisp, the dissolves from smiles to sadness, and the clarity and quietness were revelatory.”
★★★★★ Anna Picard, The Times
”… there was plenty of fresh food in soloist Alexander Gavrylyuk’s singular take on “the Rach Three” … Gavrylyuk was mystically soft in that opening, only opening out to orchestral-style roars at key points as well as the leonine cadenza which so strikingly takes the place of a straight recap. His most individual facet was his Puckish wit, transcendentally sparkling, laugh-out loud in a scherzo glissando and mercurial in the high-wire acts of the finale.”
★★★★ David Nice, theartsdesk.com
You can view an excerpt from the performance here.
Future highlights for this season include performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Concertgebouworkest, as well as a solo recital tour in the US and his debut at Carnegie Hall with Janine Jansen.