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Wolf Swallows Duck at Festival Swansong

The Mosman Daily - 23rd September 2009 - by Steve Moffat

The highlight of the evening was the brilliant pianism of Alexander Gavrylyuk, whose performance of the fifth piano concerto cemented his place as the new darling of Sydney audiences. As if his handling of the growing power and passion of the great larghetto wasn’t enough, the young Ukrainian-born Australian citizen crowned it all with a bravura display in his encore - Horowitz/Liszt’s thunderous variations on Mendelssohn’s wedding music.

SSO Passes the Prokoviev Test

The Australian - 24th November 2009

The festival's other soloist, pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, was far more impressive. Prokofiev's first, third and fifth piano concertos are some of the most ferociously taxing in the repertory. Gavrylyuk easily surmounted their challenges with a seductive mixture of brilliance and sensitivity.

Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk is the discovery of the year

Trouw 10 February 2009

None of the young pianists that made their debut in the Master Pianist series during the past years, made as big an impression as the 24 year old Alexander Gavrylyuk last Sunday. Ever since he won the Horowitz competition, the Yamaha Competition and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition, the young Ukrainian enjoyed great international fame.

Concertgebouw in Trance After Masterly Performance

De Volkskrant –  11th February 2009

A rare sight indeed: the Concertgebouw audience whistling and singing as they leave the Main Hall. One particular enthusiast couldn’t hold back during the concert. He whistled steadily to the Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn, the fourth and last encore of debutante master pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk. All this cheerfulness was caused by the flow of the 24-year old prize winner: Gavrylyuk makes piano playing look astonishingly easy.

The young Gavrylyuk is already a master pianist

NRC Handelsblad – 9 February 2009

The secret of Alexander Gavrylyuk is focus. This 24 year old master pianist from Ukraine made his debut in the Master Pianists series as if he has lived three piano lives already. Whoever is capable at such a young age of playing so superior and truthful is born with the gift of divine concentration. 

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