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Askonas Holt interview

You’re fresh back from a tour with Neeme Järvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande performing the complete Rachmaninov piano concerti, how did it go?
It was very inspiring. I have a huge admiration for Neeme Järvi. I’ve listened to many of his recordings since my childhood and he continues to inspire me with his artistic freedom and the sincerity of his interpretations. We didn’t even have to rehearse as much because there was a really good connection from the beginning that was such an enjoyable and inspiring experience. It was quite remarkable working with him because I felt liberated and very free to simply express myself.

Do you find that freedom something you aspire to?
Neeme is at the point in his artistry where he has freedom of expression and a freedom of simply not being bound by some of the problems our subconscious minds create in the earlier stages of artistic development. I am constantly thinking about those boundaries, things that limit our expression, and how to surpass that.

Multi-tasking man at the piano

The Shefield Telegraph (www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk), Februar 18., 2016
By Ian Soutar

"Multi-award-winning concert pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk has performed with major orchestras across the world but says that appearing with the Hallé is something special."

Alexander talks to Ida Lichter

Today, with so much emphasis on the material side of life, music has an important role as a reminder of one’s inner world. It can open a door to this space, where universal truths, values and powerful feelings of love reside. When people come to listen to a concert, I think they unite in finding that inner resource.

It is difficult to define the mechanism of this process in words. When the performer is genuinely immersed, the music can be filled with great beauty and energy, and even the spaces between the notes are not experienced as empty. If performers are sincere, nothing will prevent them from being true to the music.

An interview from Sydney!

Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk has become a household name for classical music lovers. His passion, virtuosity and skill has earned him a name as one of the leading concert pianists in the world.

Alexander is a great friend of Theme & Variations Piano Services, and is the ambassador for the Theme & Variations Foundation for Young Pianists, so it was only fitting that Anita Levy caught up with him when he was last visiting.

Piano Classics interviews Alexander Gavrylyuk

PC: Are you familiar with Chopin's early works, his polonaise in G minor for example, composed at age seven? Do you think it's possible for the seven year old Chopin to contain such developed emotions or was he more likely to have followed traditional musical structures that he was influenced by, picking up the "feeling" of the music along the way?

AG: It has been acknowledged that during his early childhood Chopin already demonstrated an intelligence which assisted him in achieving outstanding musical development so early. I think that there were numerous factors that contributed to the impressive early compositions we know of, like Polonaises in g minor and in B flat, both of which he remarkably composed at the age of seven. In my view most importantly there was God's gift- Chopin's natural talent and musical intuition that played the main role. Then of course there was his special ability to observe and even recreate some of his surroundings. Chopin also had, even from an early age, a wonderful sense of humour which we often hear in his compositions and which is so important in music in general.

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