Born in Ukraine 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. At thirteen, he moved to Sydney, Australia where he lived until 2006. He won first prize and the Gold Medal at the Horowitz International Piano Competition (1999), first prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2000), and the Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition (2005).
Highlights of the 2019–20 season include debuts with the San Diego Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and return visits to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and São Paulo Symphony. Mr. Gavrylyuk also appears this season in solo recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, Palace of Arts Budapest, Lille Piano Festival, and throughout Australia. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at these performances.
In previous seasons, Mr. Gavrylyuk performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles, Czech, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel, Stuttgart, and Rotterdam philharmonics; NHK and Cincinnati symphonies; and Orchestre National de Lille. As a recitalist, he has performed in leading venues such the Musikverein in Vienna, Tonhalle Zurich, Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, Concertgebouw Master Pianists Series, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. He has also appeared regularly with his recital partner, violinist Janine Jansen, throughout Europe.
In 2009 Mr. Gavrylyuk made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev piano concertos with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony, which was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. He has also recorded recital discs of works by Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, and Prokofiev. His latest disc features music by Brahms and Liszt.
Mr. Gavrylyuk is Artist-in-Residence at the Chautauqua Institution where he leads the piano program as an artistic advisor. He supports numerous 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.
Mr. Gavrylyuk currently lives in the Netherlands with his wife and their two daughters. He is a Steinway Artist.