Andrei Gavrilov gives masterclasses in the UK

Andrei Gavrilov, the distinguished International concert pianist, is visiting the UK next month to give a series of masterclasses.  All pianists are welcome to attend and/or perform in these exciting events, which are being held in the West Country at the end of November and beginning of December. Pianists, piano ensembles, piano teachers and students (of a high standard), amateur or professional, are very welcome to book. Make the most of this amazing opportunity to personally receive words of wisdom from this world-renowned player or simply come and benefit from hearing his fascinating teaching. For all those interested, please see the dates and venues below,

Bristol Music Club in Bristol on Sunday 1st December 2013.
Piano places are now full but spectator tickets are available.

The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham on Friday 29th November 2013
Only one pianist slot left but plenty of spectator tickets.

Jackdaws Music Education Trust near Frome, on Wednesday 27th November 2013
There are both morning and afternoon spaces available for pianists, but no spectator tickets at the moment.

The Bowerman Hall, Monkton Combe School in Bath on Monday 25th November 2013
There are spaces for both pianists and spectators.

Masterclass fees for pianists:
One hour £150
30 minutes £75

Spectator ticket prices:
Adult – £15
OAP/Student – £12.50
Under 18’s – £10

Here’s a little more information about this wonderful pianist;

Andrei Gavrilov was born in Moscow in 1955 to an artistic family.  His father Vladimir Gavrilov was a great painter, his mother (a pupil of Henrich Neuhaus) was a pianist and Gavrilov’s first teacher. He studied with Tatiana Kestner at the Central Music School in Moscow, graduating from there in 1973 and later that year entered the Moscow Conservatory where his teacher was Lev Naumov.  Andrei Gavrilov won first prize in the 1974 International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of 18 and in the same year made a triumphant international debut at the Salzburg Festival, substituting for Sviatoslav Richter. He has subsequently enjoyed a distinguished international career, which has included performances with many of the world’s greatest orchestras.  He made his London debut in 1976 with Paavo Berglund and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall. In 1978 he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic in a major European concert tour of 30 concerts. By 1980 he had performed in all the major cultural centers in the world.  Andrei Gavrilov made a triumphant return to the British concert platform in 1984, after a politically enforced absence, giving recitals at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. He successfully petitioned Mikhail Gorbachev for his freedom, and became the first Soviet artist to be granted permission to stay in the West without having to file for political asylum.

Following his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985, Gavrilov was proclaimed to be a major artist by the New York Times’ Donal Henahan. He has since performed with orchestras in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, Toronto, London, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Moscow, St-Petersburg and many other major orchestras with conductors including Abbado, Haitink, Muti, Ozawa, Svetlanov,Tennstedt, Rattle and  Neville Mariner among numerous others.   Between 1976 and 1990, Andrei Gavrilov was an exclusive artist with EMI, winning several international prizes including a Gramophone award in 1979, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis in 1981, Grand Prix International du Disque de L’Academie Charles Crois in 1985 and 1986, and International Record Critics Award (IRCA) in 1985. Among his other awards are the 1989 Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana (the jury of music critics proclaiming him as the greatest pianist in the world). In 1998 Andrei Gavrilov was selected as one of the pianists to be featured in Philips Music Group’s Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century collection.  In October 1990 Andrei Gavrilov signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Gramophone, leading to acclaimed recordings of Chopin, Prokofiev, Schubert, Bach and Grieg. From 1994 until the year 2001 Andrei Gavrilov had a 7 year break. He studied philosophy and religion and was searching for new ideas and his new approach to music.

In 2001 he made a triumphant comeback to Russia after 16 years, playing 4 piano concertos in one evening in the Moscow Conservatory. Since that time he has been playing more and more regularly around the world, with greater success than ever. In 2008 he went back for a concert in the United States. In 2009 he made a world tour with enormous success, including four months touring Russia. In February 2010 he was invited to the Vienna Philharmonic Golden Hall to play 4 concerts in a row, having not performed there for 14 years. The concerts were received with great critical acclaim.

Andrei Gavrilov is planning numerous CD and DVD recordings for the first time since 1993, with works of Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and others.

Forthcoming engagements include performances throughout the world including all major countries.


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