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Classical Tuesday Program Features Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk and Thursday Concert Features LA Phil Principal Concert Master Martin Chalifour


TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011, AT 8 PM


July 26 Media Sponsor: KUSC


WHAT: Russian-born Vasily Petrenko, the youngest Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, comes to the Hollywood Bowl for a week of classical concerts, Tuesday, July 26, and Thursday, July 28, at 8 p.m. He is joined in the Tuesday program by Russian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, who made his Bowl debut last summer, this time performing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. The program also includes Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and also includes Sibelius’ Second Symphony. Thursday’s program features LA Phil Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour perfoming Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Also on the Thursday program are Dvořák’s masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, “New World,” and Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla.

Vasily Petrenko was born in 1976 and began his music education at the St. Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russian. He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in September of 2006, and six months into his first season his contract was extended to 2012. In 2009, the contact was again extended to 2015, and he also assumed the title of Chief Conductor. In February 2011, it was announced that Petrenko will take up the position of Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra beginning in the 2013/14 season.

Alexander Gavrylyuk began his piano studies at the age of 7 and gave his first concerto performance when he was 9 years old. Following his 2000 win of First Prize of the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, Gavrylyuk was proclaimed “the best sixteen year old pianist of the late twentieth century” by critics there. Amongst others, he has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish Orchestra, Svetlanov Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lucerne Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic and OFUNAM.


Piano Classics interviews Alexander Gavrylyuk


1)        (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?

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.


A Boy No Longer, Alexander Gavrylyuk Brings a Bit of the Old World to the Amp


Tonight’s 8:15 Amphitheater performance will contain a bit of something old and a bit of something new — not old as in stale, but old because pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk is no stranger to Chautauqua.

Returning to the Institution to play for his fourth consecutive summer, Gavrylyuk is now 24 years old and has matured not only in age since the previous summer, but in musical ability.


It’s all about Beauty

By Wenneke Savenije, Amsterdam June 2nd, 2009

Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk makes his debut with two Dutch orchestras. The Ukrainian Alexander Gavrylyuk (24) is one of the most sensational young pianists. This week he will be playing with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

His mother considered him too lazy to become a pianist.


Alexander Gavrylyuk with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Dark, intense, and a firebrand: these are just some of the words used to describe young Ukrainian-born Alexander Gavrylyuk, who’s being heralded as one of the best piano prodigies of his generation.

In his much-anticipated local debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum on Saturday (May 9) and Surrey’s Bell Centre on Monday (May 11), he’ll play Russian classics like Nicolai Andreyevich Rimski-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture and Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Age of Gold Suite.

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