One can’t help but see the irony as award-winning Ukrainian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk plays the music of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff in the upcoming Vancouver Symphony Orchestra SpringFest.
A new annual fixture on the Vancouver arts calendar, the VSO SpringFest will feature a different composer or musical era each year, with its inaugural year featuring the work of the Russian master.
Part of the Symphony’s 95th season, the four-concerts focuses on the Romantic music of Rachmaninoff, as well music by other composers who influenced him. The Festival will feature Gavrylyuk performing all five of Rachmaninoff’s works for piano and orchestra including his four piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Born in 1984, Alexander Gavrylyuk began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was just nine years old. Since that time he has gone on to win numerous prestigious music awards as a pianist and playing with orchestras around the world.
Audiences will be able to delve further into the music each evening with pre-concert talks by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, and post-concert “Deconstructing Rachmaninoff” discussions with Gavrylyuk and Tovey.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra SpringFest plays the Orpheum Theatre March 27 & 31 and April 5 & 7. Visit http://vancouversymphony.ca for tickets and information.