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Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1"

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Location Amphitheater

$45–55, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required

$45 General Admission
(Included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)
$55 Preferred 2
($10 for those who already have a gate pass for the day)

Into the Music No. 1

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano


Richard Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1
This concert will be performed without an intermission.

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his fifth 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.

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

A stunningly virtuosic pianist, Alexander has received international critical acclaim for his electrifying and poetic performances. Gavrylyuk has appeared at many of the world’s foremost festivals, including the Hollywood Bowl, Bravo! Vail Colorado, Mostly Mozart, the Ruhr Festival, the Kissinger Sommer International Music Festival, the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, as well as the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony, his debut performance making it onto the BBC Proms 2017 "Editor's Top 10 Picks" list.

Highlights of the 2018-19 season include debuts with the Philharmonia, Chicago Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Other highlights include a return to the Wigmore Hall, as well as return visits to the HalléConcertgebouworkest, Sydney Symphony and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Gavrylyuk will also tour Europe, Asia and North America in solo recital and appear in duo partnership with violinist Janine Jansen in Berlin, Stockholm, Munich, Zurich, London, Amsterdam and Vienna.

Gavrylyuk is increasingly in demand by orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has appeared with the New York, Los Angeles, Czech, Israel, Warsaw, Moscow and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the Royal Scottish National and the OrchestrePhilharmonique du Luxembourg, NHK Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Hallé, Tokyo Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, and the StuttgarterPhilharmoniker. He has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Thomas Dausgaard, Valery Gergiev, NeemeJärvi, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Karabits, Louis Langrée, Alexander Lazarev, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, VassilyPetrenko, Rafael Payare, Yuri Simonov, Vladimir Spivakov, Markus Stenz and OsmoVänska.

Gavrylyuk regularly visits Japan and Asia, performing with orchestras such as NHK Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic as well as 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 and the Svetlanov Russian State Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. 

Alexander is renowned for his solo recital programmes and performs regularly at numerous prestigious venues worldwide including Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series in London, Concertgebouw Master Pianists Series, Musikverein in Vienna, Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall Geneva, Wigmore Hall, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cologne Philharmonie, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Vancouver, San Francisco, Suntory Hall, Tokyo City Concert Hall, Sydney Recital Hall & Melbourne Recital Centre. 

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. 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.  

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 and Prokofiev. His most recent recording, a recital disc featuring Brahms Paganini Variations and works by Liszt has been widely praised.  

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 currently lives in the Netherlands with his wife Zorica and their two daughters Anna and Olivia.

Alexander is a Steinway Artist and more information is available on his website and public page ‘Alexander Gavrylyuk Piano News”.