Alexander Gavrylyuk on the International Piano Series

Hailed ‘one of the great discoveries of the past decade’ by De Telegraaf, the Ukrainian born pianist spoke to us ahead of his upcoming performance.

Alexander Gavrylyuk interview

Alexander Gavrylyuk is set to make his Southbank Centre debut as part of our International Piano Series. We met up with the award-winning pianist at his new home in Amsterdam, where he had a special message for first-time recital attendees.

Gavrylyuk also talks us through his series recital, which begins with an imposing piano transcription of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, before moving on to Haydn's B Minor Sonata, which mingles pure classical lines with shadowy, mysterious atmospheres.

The second half of Gavrylyuk's performance will be devoted to the music of some of the great Russian composers, concluding with Balakirev's Islamey, once considered to be the most difficult piece ever written.

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It feels amazing to be playing at the International Piano Series. It is such an iconic concert series, in such an iconic city
Alexander Gavrylyuk