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Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Opening Night"

Thursday, June 29, 2017
08:15pm

Location Amphitheater

$43
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Rossen Milanov, conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Pre-performance Lecture

 

Repertoire: 

J.S. Smith/Arr. Damrosch: The Star-Spangled Banner  [3’]


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23  [35’]


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36  [44’]


Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his third season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra following two seasons of enthusiastic acclaim. He is also the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

Mr. Milanov has previously appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC, Baltimore, Mexico, Indianapolis, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Oregon, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. His recent season highlights include Tchaikovsky’s critically acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky revival of Swan Lake in Paris with La Scala Ballet and in Zurich with the Zurich Opera, appearances with the Toronto, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and National Symphony Orchestras, and his Link Up education projects at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. 

Mr. Milanov has had the privilege to collaborate with some of the world’s finest artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, and André Watts. During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov served as Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  

Mr. Milanov studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. In addition to his musical achievements, Mr. Milanov is a passionate chef and frequently dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.

For interview inquiries, please contact: Ronald Merlino, MusicVine | phone: 646.825.9585 e-mail: merlino@musicvinearts.com  | Website: http://www.rossenmilanov.com/


Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

“Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade. Every time he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing” – De Telegraaf, June 2015

Born 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.  He went on to win First prize and Gold Medal at the 1999 Horowitz International Piano Competition, First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan in 2000 where the Japanese press lauded him as the “most talented 16-year old pianist of the second half of the 20th Century” and, in 2005, he took both the coveted Gold Medal as well as the award for Best Performance of a Classical Concerto at the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition.  

Following his debut in 2010 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Gavrylyuk has returned to Amsterdam each year, either in recital in the Master Pianist’s Series, with the RCO or as part of the Zatertaag Matinee at the Concertgebouw. He is now increasingly in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Warsaw, Moscow, Israel and Rotterdam as well as the Royal Scottish National, NHK Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Hallé, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Brussels Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, Sao Paolo Symphony and OFUNAM. 

He has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexandre Bloch, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Karabits, Louis Langrée, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Gianandrea Noseda, Vassily Petrenko, Rafael Payare, Alexander Shelley, Yuri Simonov, Herbert Soudant, Vladimir Spivakov, Markus Stenz and Osmo Vänska.

His solo recitals are also highly acclaimed and he has performed in venues such as Vienna Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich and Victoria Hall Geneva.

Alexander has received critical acclaim for his thrilling performances of Rachmaninov. He has performed the complete Rachmaninov concerti cycle and the Rhapsody with both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Neeme Järvi (May 2013) and as part of the Vancouver Symphony’s Rachmaninov Festival in March 2014 with Bramwell Tovey.  

He regularly visits Japan and Asia, performing with orchestras such as NHK Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic as well as regular recital tours, often playing to sell-out audiences in Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City. He returns to Russia on a regular basis and has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov and the Svetlanov Russian State Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and at the Kremlin.

At the age of 13, Alexander moved to Sydney where he lived until 2006. He has performed with all the main Australian orchestras including Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, returning each year for concerts and recitals. In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concerti with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony which was recorded live at the Sydney Opera House. In addition to the Prokofiev cycle, he has made several recordings including recital discs of works by Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev for Piano Classics. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Brahms Paganini Variations and works by Liszt has been widely praised. 

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerto performances with Valeriy Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic as part of the Gergiev Festival, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Concertgebouworkest, Utah Symphony and a tour of Asia with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra amongst others. He will make his debut at the International Piano Series in London as well as giving solo recitals throughout Europe and North America and appearing in duo recital with Janine Jansens throughout Europe and at the Carnegie Hall. Alexander will also undertake an extensive tour of Australia, including concerto appearances with Adelaide Symphony, Tasmania Symphony & West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Alexander is Artist in Residence at Chautauqua Institution where he leads the piano program as an Artistic Advisor. He supports a number of 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.  

Alexander is a Steinway Artist and more information is available on his website www.alexandergavrylyuk.com.

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