“Gavrylyuk creates a wonderful world of sound with the clear lines and colours of a Mondrian.”
-Guido van Oorschot in De Volkskrant, February 2009

“Gavrylyuk is absolutely phenomenal. Blinding virtuosity, deep musicality, musical intuition, intelligence and aristocratism.”
-Nikolay Petrov, 2008

“Such blow-your-socks-off virtuosity is complemented with a dark, intense, ferociously concentrated essence and nature (...) unlike so many competition winners we shall surely be hearing a lot more of this prodigiously gifted young pianist and life force.”
-Bryce Morrison, The Gramophone, June 2006

“A world class pianist performing at his absolute best.”
-NY Times, 2005

“An extraordinary talent.”
-Vladimir Ashkenazy, 2003


Winner of the:
11th Arthur Rubinstein Masters Piano Competition, in Tel Aviv, 2005
4th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, in Japan, 2000
3rd Horowitz International Piano Competition, in Ukraine, 1999


Alexander Gavrylyuk was born in August 1984. He began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. The next big step for Alexander was going back to compete at the 3rd Horowitz International Piano Competition and winning the coveted First prize and Gold medal in 1999.

Alexander Gavrylyuk was proclaimed as “the best sixteen year old pianist of the late twentieth century” by critics in Japan in November 2000, after winning the First Prize of the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. He was 16 years old in a field of competitors ranging in age from 16 to 32. Alexander returns regularly to Japan, touring and performing to a full house in Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City Hall. His first two CD’s were recorded in Japan.

In April 2005, Alexander Gavrylyuk won the First Prize, the Gold Medal as well as the award for Best Performance of a Classical Concerto at the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. That same year, VAI International recorded his live performance at the Miami Piano Discoveries Festival, USA, for an international DVD release which went on to receive four and five star ratings in the international press. In May 2007 he recorded his second DVD with VAI.

Alexander Gavrylyuk lived in Sydney, Australia from 1998 to 2006. In 2003 he joined the honour roll and became a Steinway artist. His Australian concert activities in more recent years include recitals at the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall in Sydney as well as performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

In January 2007 Alexander Gavrylyuk had his solo debut recital at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory at the invitation of Nikolay Petrov. He has also performed a solo recital at the Kremlin. In 2007 Alexander Gavrylyuk performed in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Taipei and the USA.

Amongst others, Alexander Gavrylyuk has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors like Blomstedt, Caetani, Ettinger, Fedoseyev, Gruppman, Lazarev, Lang-Lessing, Raiskin, Sanderling, Segerstam, Simonov, Soudan, Spivakov, Talmi and Tovey.

Alexander Gavrylyuk's upcoming engagements include concerts with the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Staatsphilharmonie Reinland-Pfalz, Sydney Symhony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

Year 2009 will take Alexander Gavrylyuk to Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, USA, Poland, Russia and Taiwan.

Alexander Gavrylyuk has been invited to record and perform the complete Prokofiev concerti with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in November 2009.

In May 2010 Alexander Gavrylyuk will make his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev, playing the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2.
This biography was most recently edited by...
Evan - 28 May 2009
Zoki - 21 May 2009