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Andrei Gavrilov

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Other names  Andrei Gavrilov
Years active  1974–present
Instruments  piano
Role  Pianist
Education  Moscow Conservatory
Occupation  Pianist
Name  Andrei Gavrilov
Spouse  Yuka Gavrilova
Albums  Keyboard Suites I
Andrei Gavrilov ANDREI GAVRILOV Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia
Full Name  Andrei Vladimirovich Gavrilov / andrei Vladimirovich Gavrilov (Russian)
Born  September 21, 1955 (age 60) (1955-09-21) Moscow, Russia
Parent(s)  Vladimir Gavrilov (father) Assanetta Eguiserian (mother)
Record labels  EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Melodiya
Similar People  Sviatoslav Richter, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Riccardo Muti, Neville Marriner, Gidon Kremer

Andrei Gavrilov Piano Recital

Andrei Vladimirovich Gavrilov (in Russian andrei Vladimirovich Gavrilov, born September 21, 1955) is a Russian pianist.


Andrei Gavrilov plays Rachmaninov 2 concerto in Berliner Philharmonie

Early life and Music Career

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Andrei Gavrilov was born into a multinational family of artists in Moscow. His father was Vladimir Gavrilov (May 30, 1923 – December 4, 1974), one of the eminent Russian painters during the middle of the 20th century, through whom Gavrilov also has German ancestors. His mother was the Armenian pianist Assanetta Eguiserian (December 20, 1925 – November 29, 2006), who had studied with Heinrich Neuhaus and gave Gavrilov his first piano lessons at age 2. In 1961 he was inducted at the Moscow Central Music School and became a student of Tatyana Kestner, who had studied with Alexander Goldenweiser. He completed his studies with another Neuhaus disciple, Lev Naumov, at the Moscow Conservatory. By the age of 18, after one semester at the conservatory, he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974 and rose to international fame when, at the Salzburg Festival the same year, he substituted for Sviatoslav Richter. Until 1979, Gavrilov performed in all the major music centers of the world performing up to 90 concerts a year, while continuing his studies at the university.

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In 1979, at the first peak of Gavrilov's career, Herbert Karajan, who had heard him in Tchaikovsky's First Concerto in Berlin, offered recordings of all the Rachmaninoff concertos, despite the fact that Karajan only rarely conducted them. In December 1979, recordings were scheduled in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic for the 2nd concerto, but Gavrilov did not appear for the rehearsals. It was discovered that due to his critical remarks about the Soviet regime, the head of the KGB and later General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Yuri Andropov, with the approval of Leonid Brezhnev, had seized Gavrilov's passport and the flight ticket and cut his telephone line. Later, Gavrilov was put under mandatory house arrest and at times he was committed to psychiatric wards. Militia guarding Gavrilov once showed him an official order where it was stated that a fatal accident would not be unwelcome. Only through Mikhail Gorbachev's eventual intervention did this end in 1984, and Gavrilov received a "free passport", so that he could perform again in the West without having to obtain political asylum. In the following years, he lived in London and in Bad Camberg near Wiesbaden, Germany from 1989 and also assumed German citizenship.

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In 1993, he retired from the active cultural scene, cancelled concerts and did not make any further studio recordings. According to an interview with The Guardian, he saw himself at the peak of his career, materially well situated, but not as a free, original and idealistic artist apart from the music industry. The planned two-year sabbatical eventually grew to eight years. At this time he studied the intentions of the composers in their works, religious and philosophical questions, lived half a year in Fiji, and fundamentally reworked his piano technique. In 2001 he moved to Lucerne, Switzerland and resumed concertizing in the 2001/02 season. Since August 2008 he has been living with his second wife and their son in Kanton Zurich.

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In 1974 Melodiya recorded the 1st Tchaikovsky Concerto at the prize winner's concert of the Tchaikovsky Competition together with a live solo recital. In 1976 a studio recording of Rachmaninoff's 3rd concerto followed. From 1977 to 1989 he worked exclusively for EMI. From that time comes the legendary recording of the Chopin Etudes and many other works, notably by Chopin, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and J. S. Bach. From 1991 to 1993 he recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, where he also duplicated some works already recorded for EMI. A number of projects, many with recordings new to Gavrilov's discography, were announced in 1992 but not realized: Bach's English Suites, the complete Beethoven piano concerti, the Choral Fantasia and the Diabelli Variations, as well as vaguer plans for works by Liszt (Transcendental Etudes, Paganini Etudes), Ravel's complete works for piano solo and with orchestra, and the piano concertos of Grieg and Schumann.

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In 2012 Andrei Gavrilov held master classes for the first time, in Madrid and later in London. He thoroughly enjoys passing his ideas and experience on to others, and has since been very happy to do more master classes all around the globe, as and when his busy concert schedule allows.

2013 was a particularly busy year for Andrei Gavrilov. He completed writing his three volume auto biography, the first volume of which will be published in Russian and German in March & April 2014 respectively, with the English version hopefully following soon after. He also made his first new recording for 20 years: a CD of Chopin Nocturnes, which was done specially to be included with each copy of the book. He is now planning numerous other CD and DVD recordings with works of Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and more.

In April 2013 Andrei Gavrilov realized his longtime dream of conducting all concertos from the piano himself. He performed a concert in Belgrade playing and conducting three romantic concertos in one evening, with a full symphony orchestra. The concert was completely packed, and the audience was completely enthralled by the amazing musicianship that transpired from all of the players. It was a truly memorable and magical evening. Mr Gavrilov will be performing another special concert conducting two romantic concertos from the piano in Bristol in May 2014 and he hopes to work with many more orchestras in this way from now on.

Forthcoming engagements include performances and master classes throughout the world, including all major countries.

Complete discography

If not stated otherwise, recordings up to 1976 are released on Melodiya, those from 1977 to 1989 on EMI (in the beginning as a co-production with Melodiya), those from 1991 to 1993 on Deutsche Grammophon.


  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; with USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Kitaenko (Final concert International Tchaikovsky Competition 1974 live).
  • Haydn: Sonata E-flat major Hob. XVI/52; Scriabin: Etude op. 42/5; Liszt: La Campanella; Tchaikovsky: Variations op. 19/6; Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte; Scarbo from Gaspard de la nuit. Live (Tchaikovsky-Variations live from the Tchaikovsky Competition).
  • 1976

  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3; with ad hoc-orchestra consisting of members of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Lazarev
  • 1977

  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1; 2 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet. Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand; Pavane pour une infante defunte. Concertos with London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle.
  • Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit. Prokofiev: Suggestion diabolique. Liszt: La Campanella. Tchaikovsky: Variations, Op. 19/6. Balakirev: Islamey.
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1; with Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti.
  • Shostakovich: Violin Sonata, Op. 134. With Gidon Kremer (live Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory). Melodiya.
  • 1979

  • Handel: Suites HWV 426, 429, 431, 432, 436, 437, 440, 447 (live from the Tours Festival on Chateau de Marcilly-sur-Maulne; the other suites were played by Sviatoslav Richter).
  • Prokofiev: 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet; Piano Sonata No. 8.
  • Weber: Grand Duo Concertant, Op 48; Hindemith: Violin Sonata, Op. 11; Schnittke: Violin Sonata No. 2. With Gidon Kremer.
  • 1981

  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3, with USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. Live, Melodiya.
  • Weber: Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48; Brahms: Clarinet Trio, Op 114; Berg: 4 Pieces for Clarinet and Piano. With Ivan Monighetti, Violoncello, Anatoly Kamishev, Clarinet. Melodiya.
  • 1982

  • J. S. Bach: Piano Concertos BWV 1052-1058, with Moscow Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yuri Nikolaevsky. Melodiya
  • 1983

  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 10; Mendelssohn: Concerto for 2 Pianos in E major. With Dang Thai Son, 2nd piano, Moscow Chamber Orchestra conducted by Pavel Kogan. Melodiya.
  • 1984

  • J. S. Bach: French Suites.
  • Rachmaninoff: Selections from Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3, Moments Musicaux, Op, 16, Preludes, Op. 23, Preludes, Op. 32, Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39.
  • Scriabin: Sonata No. 4; Selection of Preludes Opp. 9/1; 11/2, 4-6, 8-14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24; 13/1-3; 15/1, 5; 16/2, 4; Etude, Op. 42/5.
  • 1984/1985

  • Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2; Ballades No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4
  • 1985/1987

  • Chopin: Etudes, Opp. 10, 25.
  • 1986

  • J. S. Bach: Piano Concertos BWV 1052-1058, with Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner.
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, with Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti.
  • 1987

  • Schumann: Papillons, Carnaval, Faschingsschwank aus Wien.
  • 1988

  • Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 and No. 12, ; Fantasia, K.397; Prelude and Fugue K.394.
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 and No. 3, with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (live).
  • 1989

  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; with Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti.
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (live in Moscow)
  • Stravinsky: Concerto for Two Pianos; The Rite of Spring; Scherzo; Sonata for Two Pianos, with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Decca Records
  • 1991

  • Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2; 4 Ballades
  • Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas No. 3, No. 7, No. 8
  • Schubert: Impromptus D. 899 and 935
  • 1992:

  • J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
  • Britten: Friday Afternoons, Op. 7, Golden Vanity, Op. 78 (both with Wiener Sangerknaben); Sailing, Night, Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (all from Holiday Suite, Op. 5).
  • Prokofiev: 10 Pieces from Romeo und Juliet; Suggestion diabolique. Prelude, Op 12/7. Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit; Pavane pour une infante defunte.
  • 1993

  • J. S. Bach: French Suites.
  • Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Opp. 12/1; 38/1; 43/1, 2, 6; 47/2-4; 54/1-5; 57/6; 62/4; 65/5-6; 68/3,5; 71/1-3, 6-7
  • 1999

  • Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2; Ballades No. 1 and 4; Etudes Opp. 10/3-5, 9, 12. Live at Maulbronn Abbey, K&K Verlagsanstalt.
  • 2014

  • Chopin: 9 Nocturnes, No.1 in B flat minor, Op.9/1; No.8 in D flat major, Op.27/2; No.20 in C sharp minor, Op.posth.; No.5 in F sharp major, Op.15/2; No.9 in B major, Op.32/1; No.4 in F major, Op.15/1; No.15 in F minor, Op.55/1; No.10 in A flat major, Op.32/2; No.13 in C minor, Op.48/1 (recording: 17.5.2013 Fazioli Hall, Sacile, Italy)
  • TV


  • Shostakovich: Sonata for Violin and Piano. Weber: Grand Duo Concertant, Op 48; Adagio from Violin Sonata, Op 10/2. Rossini: Andante con Variazione. With Gidon Kremer, violin. WDR/EMI Laserdisc
  • 1989

  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (live in Moscow) BBC/EMI VHS
  • 1990

  • Prokofiev: Suggestion diabolique; "Montagues and Capulets" (from: 10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet ); Piano Sonata No. 8. Gavrilov also speaks about the works with British Composer Michael Berkeley in English, subtitles in German. Sudwestfunk.
  • Rachmaninoff: Moment musical, Op. 16/3; Elegy, Op. 3/1. Sudwestfunk.
  • Scriabin: Prelude, Op. 9; 4th piano sonata; Etude, Op. 42/5. Sudwestfunk
  • 2000

  • J.S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book No. 1, Preludes & Fugues No.s 1-12. BBC Wales/Euroarts DVD
  • Radio


  • Chopin: Nocturnes, Opp. 9/1, 27/2, posth., 15/2, 32/1, 15/1, 55/1, 32/2. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8; Suggestion diabolique, Op. 4/4. Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor, L.366/K.1. Hessischer Rundfunk live.
  • Other recordings


  • Chopin: Nocturnes, Opp. 9/1, posth., 15/2, 15/1, 55/1, 32/2, 48/1. Live from the Lucerne Festival.
  • Songs

    Fantasia in D minor - KV 397
    Keyboard Concerto in E - BWV 1053: III Allegro
    Keyboard Concerto in A - BWV 1055: III Allegro ma non tanto
    Keyboard Concerto in D Minor - BWV 1052: II Adagio
    Suite No 1 in A Major - HWV 426: I Prelude
    Suite No 1 in A Major - HWV 426: III Courante
    Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major - M 82
    Suite No11 in D minor : II Courante
    Suite No10 in D Minor : V Menuetto
    Suite No11 in D minor : IV Gigue
    Suite No10 in D Minor : I Allemande
    Aria mit 30 Veranderungen - BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" : Aria
    Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor 'Funeral March' Op 35: II Scherzo
    24 Preludes Op 11: D
    Grieg: Lyric Pieces Book X - Op71 - 7 Remembrances
    Chopin: Ballade No4 in F minor - Op52
    Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No 2 in E Major - BWV 1053: Allegro moderato
    JS Bach: Aria mit 30 Veranderungen - BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var 11 a 2 Clav
    Etudes-tableaux - Op39: No 3 in F Sharp Minor
    Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor 'Funeral March' Op 35: III Marche funebre
    27 Etudes Opp 10 - 25 and posth: in E 'Tristesse' Op 10/3
    JS Bach: Aria mit 30 Veranderungen - BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var 25 a 2 Clav
    JS Bach: French Suite No4 in E flat - BWV 815 - 4 Gavotte
    Lyric Pieces: Cradle Song - op 38 no 1
    24 Preludes: Prelude in G Sharp Minor Op32 No 12
    Papillions Op2 Fuer Klavier
    Suite no 1 in D minor - BWV 812: IVa Menuet I
    JS Bach: Aria mit 30 Veranderungen - BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var 13 a 2 Clav
    JS Bach: French Suite No1 in D minor - BWV 812 - 4 Menuet I - II
    JS Bach: French Suite No3 in B minor - BWV 814 - 6 Gigue
    JS Bach: Aria mit 30 Veranderungen - BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - Var 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav


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