A recital in Bath, England.
The controversial Russian pianist who walked out of a Moscow concert last month without a note played, has accepted an invitation from a Bath piano teacher, Christine Shaw, to play at the end of the month in her historic home town. Press release follows.
World-famous pianist Andrei Gavrilov to make rare UK appearance – in Bath!
One of the world’s greatest concert pianists, Andrei Gavrilov, will make a rare UK appearance in the South West later this month, thanks to an unlikely friendship with local piano teacher Christine Shaw.
Christine from Bath, has been a fan of Gavrilov’s for many years and thanks to his warm-hearted personality has gradually become a good friend. She was delighted when the world-class star, who’s more usually found playing huge venues all over the globe, agreed to come and play two recitals in intimate settings around Bath.
He has generously agreed to hold a limited number of masterclasses whilst in the area, and recital audiences will also be treated to either a pre-concert talk or audience Q&A session, and informal post-concert “meet & greet” sessions!
Born 1955 in Moscow, the son of a painter and pianist, Gavrilov had his first piano lessons from his mother from the age of two.
After graduating from the Moscow Special Music School in 1973 he entered the Moscow Conservatoire, then shot to stardom in 1974 when he won the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition at the tender age of 18, taking the music world by storm. By the age of 25 he had played most of the world’s best-known music venues.
In 1979, at the peak of his initial career, he failed to appear for a recording session in Berlin with conductor Herbert von Karajan. It was later discovered that, supposedly due to critical remarks he had made about the Soviet regime, the KGB had seized his passport and plane ticket. He was placed under house arrest and was only free to leave Russia again in 1984 after successfully petitioning Mikhail Gorbachev for his freedom. He became the first Soviet artist to be granted permission to stay in the West without having to file for political asylum.
In that year he made a triumphant return to the UK stage and gave recitals at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall.
He has worked with all of the world’s major orchestras and conductors and despite having an 8 year break in the 90′s to study religion, philosophy and search for his own new ideas and approach to music, he still has a thriving concert schedule, delighting audiences everywhere with his passionate, individual performances and awe-inspiring technique.
Speaking about his imminent visit, Christine said:
It’s been fascinating talking to people who have rung me with enquiries. One lady saw Andrei play in Bristol almost 30 years ago, has never forgotten the experience and is very excited to be having a masterclass with him, as well as watching a recital! Another gentleman has a collection of Gavrilov LP’s that he’s hoping to get signed! There are lots of people traveling here from London, Wales and several other places (possibly even Spain!) just to see him, and many have similar stories to tell!
Andrei’s visits to England are rare and people are making the most of this one!
There’s definitely a lot of excitement brewing!
The first of these rather special concerts will take place in the Banqueting Room of the Guildhall, Bath on Friday 25 January starting at 6.30pm with a pre-concert talk by Andrei Gavrilov, the recital at 7.30pm and rounding up with an informal ‘meet & greet’ session in the bar afterwards.
The second recital will be at the Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University at 2.30pm on Sunday 27 January, followed by an audience Q&A session and winding up with an informal ‘meet & greet’ gathering in the bar.
Marking the 60th anniversary of Prokofiev’s death the programme for both concerts is: Romeo and Juliet – 10 Pieces for Piano, Op 75 and Sonata No.8 in B flat, Op 84.
Tickets are available from Bath Box Office on 01225 463362, www.bathboxoffice.org.uk.