Acclaimed pian­ist plays Kapiti

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In­ter­na­tion­ally-acclaimed pian­ist Alexan­der Gavry­lyuk plays in Kapiti next week fol­low­ing his rave re­views per­for­mance at the re­cent BBC Proms in London’s Royal Al­bert Hall.

His Sun­day 22 Oc­to­ber af­ter­noon con­cert at the Waikanae Memo­rial Hall will be the third visit to the district by the Ukrainian pian­ist, de­scribed by the great Vladimir Ashke­nazy as a ‘‘ma­jor tal­ent’’.

Waikanae Mu­sic So­ci­ety con­cert man­ager Wendy van Delden says at the end of Gavry­lyuk’s con­cert last year the crowd ‘‘leapt to their feet in a spon­ta­neous stand­ing ova­tion’’. She said the gen­eral con­sen­sus was that this was the best ever con­cert in the 38 years of Waikanae Mu­sic So­ci­ety.

Gavry­lyuk first reached the no­tice of the mu­si­cal world when he won first prize and the gold medal at the 1999 Horowitz In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion, fol­lowed by first prize at the Ha­ma­matsu In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in Ja­pan in 2000, when the Ja­panese press lauded him as the ‘‘most tal­ented 16-year old pian­ist of the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tury’’. Most sig­nif­i­cantly, in 2005 he took the cov­eted Gold Medal at the renowned Arthur Ru­bin­stein In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Masters Com­pe­ti­tion. Gramo­phone mag­a­zine de­scribed Gavry­lyuk as ‘‘vivid and char­ac­ter­ful as he was dex­trous’’.

The Waikanae con­cert pro­gramme would likely in­clude Bu­soni’s vir­tu­oso tran­scrip­tion of Bach’s fa­mous Toc­cata and Fugue, as well as Haydn, Chopin etudes, Rach­mani­nov pre­ludes and fiery sec­ond sonata, plus Scri­abin’s sonata, de­scribed as ‘‘a great poem for pi­ano’’.

The con­cert, in the Waikanae Memo­rial Hall, starts at 2.30pm on Sun­day 22 Oc­to­ber.

Tick­ets cost $35, oth­er­wise $25 for so­ci­ety mem­bers or $5 for stu­dents un­der 25; avail­able at Waikanae New World, Moby Dick­ens Books in Para­pa­raumu Beach and at Lush De­sign Gallery in Rau­mati.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 04 905 6070 or visit www.waikanae­mu­sic.org.nz

Multi award-win­ning, in­ter­na­tion­ally-acclaimed Ukrainian pian­ist Alexan­der Gavry­lyuk.

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