Prokofiev & Brahms
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Powerhouse pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk promises impressive performances of Prokofiev’s third piano concerto, described by the composer as “devilishly difficult”.
WALKER / Lyric for Strings
PROKOFIEV / Piano Concerto No. 3
BRAHMS / Symphony No. 2
George Walker (1922-2018) composed over 90 works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, piano, strings, voice, organ, clarinet, guitar, brass, woodwinds, and chorus. His works have been performed by virtually every major orchestra in the United States and by many in England and other countries. In 1996, he became the first black composer to receive the coveted Pulitzer Prize in Music for his work, Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra. In 1997 Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC proclaimed June 17th as George Walker Day in the nation's capitol. In 1999, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in April 2000, was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
A stunningly virtuosic pianist, Alexander Gavrylyuk is internationally recognized for his electrifying and poetic performances. He has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including: New York, Los Angeles, Czech, Warsaw, Moscow, Seoul, Israel and Rotterdam Philharmonics; NHK, Chicago, Cincinnati and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lille, and the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker. He is artist in residence at Chautauqua Institution where he leads the piano program as an artistic advisor.