Acclaimed Russian pianist Andrei Gavrilov will lead a masterclass in piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on Tuesday 22 January, with a number of piano students getting an unprecedented opportunity to hear this talented and sometimes controversial figure perform, as well as having him critique their own playing.
Trinity Laban's head of Piano and Organ, Deniz Gelenbe, encouraged students and visitors alike to attend, saying: ''We are extremely privileged and excited to host the legendary Andrei Gavrilov at Trinity Laban.''
Born in Moscow in 1955 Gavrilov studied at the Moscow Central Music School and Moscow Conservatory where he won first prize in the 1974 International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of 18, taking the musical world by storm.
His resulting international career followed a dramatic trajectory: in 1979 his passport was seized by the KGB, preventing him from leaving the country for a full five years. Then in 1994, Gavrilov took a seven year sabbatical to study philosophy and religion, searching for new ideas and approaches to bring to his music. Since his return in 2001, the Russian virtuoso's concert schedule has thrived as busily as ever, making it a rare treat to be able to welcome him to Trinity Laban.
"Music is the most brilliant cipher, the best code ever developed for preserving a person's emotions and psychological and philosophical state. And it is the performer's task to decode those messages encoded in the notes, to enable everyone to hear the feelings that the composer locked up in them." Andrei Gavrilov
Gavrilov is known for his impassioned and individual performances of the great piano composers, particularly Chopin, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. He has performed concertos with many of the world's best-known orchestras, and is currently on a world tour, which culminates in Bath on 27 February with two recitals dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev.
Gavrilov will perform a short recital (open to the public) on Tuesday 22 January at 10:30 in the Peacock Room at King Charles Court, the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9JF. The masterclass will follow this short performance.
Andrei Gavrilov's website: http://www.andreigavrilov.com/