St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Alexei Grynyuk - piano

Friday, 18 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Alexei Grynyuk - piano



Scherzo no.3


Nocturne in C sharp minor


Poem Satanique Op.36


Sonata No.8 op.84


Alexei Grynyuk, Kiev-born pianist displayed tremendous interest in music from an early childhood and started giving his first public concerts at the age of six. At thirteen he attracted wide attention by winning the first prize at the Sergei Diaghilev All-Soviet-Union piano competition in Moscow. By then he had already been touring Eastern European countries as a soloist as well as performing Mozart and Chopin piano concertos with Ukrainian orchestras. Alexei went on to achieve first prizes at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev and the Shanghai International Piano Competition in China.

His musical development was shaped by his studies at the Kiev Conservatoire under Natalia Gridneva and Valery Kozlov. He also studied with Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Alexei Grynyuk performs throughout the world and has been invited to give recitals at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Kremlin, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris, 'Musica Sacra' Festival' in Netherlands, Duszniki Chopin Festival in Poland, Otono International Music Festival in Madrid, Newport Music Festival in United States, and other prestigious festivals and venues. He has performed concertos with the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, Brighton Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra among others under Natalia Ponomarchuk, Oksana Lyniv, Barry Wordsworth, Vladimir Sirenko and Kirill Karabits.

His recitals have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Hessicher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, KRO4 Hilversum, Radio France and Netherland, also televised on Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Chinese and Russian channels. His career has been generously supported by the Alexis Gregory Foundation, which led him to perform at the renowned piano series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Acclaimed by 'Musical Opinion' in London for his "breathtaking musical accomplishment with musicianship of the highest order", Alexei Grynyuk was described by Le Figaro in Paris as a "master of transparent and sovereign touch ... and virtuosity of great Russians" and by 'Chopin' Magazine in Tokyo as "....overwhelming with divine purity...majestic... he has captured the audience with a deep musicality...crystal clear and beautiful tone... dignified, beautifully structured performance."

In recent years the music of Franz Liszt has been an important part of Alexei's repertoire, he celebrated Liszt's bicentenary at a special concert in Kiev, performing the composer's Sonata in B minor followed by both piano concertos. Later in 2012 his performance of the Sonata was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as a part of 'Live in Concert' series in which Alexei portrayed Chopin and Liszt and in 2013 Alexei released a Liszt CD on the Orchid Classics label.

His near future engagements include concerto tour in United States, solo recital at the Wigmore Hall and many appearances at music festivals in Europe.

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