Contestant 8: Sasha Grynyuk
Sasha Grynyuk has already won one piano competition in Norway, when he was awarded the First Prize at the Edward Grieg International Piano Competition last year. Will he be able to repeat the feat in Tromsø?
Having won more than 10 international piano competitions, the young Ukrainian was chosen as the ‘Rising Star’ of BBC Music Magazine and International Piano Magazine. Despite being only 29, Sasha has managed to make his mark not only on the concert stage, but also with his impressive recordings.
Seldom has a CD release caused such a furore in the piano world as Sasha Grynyuk managed with his debut, “Sasha Grynyuk Gould Gulda”. It was hailed as Album of the Month in “Piano News” magazine, Germany, and Album of the Week in New York classical radio, and described by Charles Rosen as “an impressive artist with remarkable, unfailing musicality always moving with the most natural, electrifying, and satisfying interpretations”.
Born in Kiev, Sasha studied at the Special Music School and National Music Academy of Ukraine. At the age of 19, he moved to London to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, with Ronan O’Hora. Here he was awarded Guidhall Wigmore Prize, as well as Guildhall School’s Gold Medal, previously won by such artists as Jacqueline Du Pre and Bryn Terfel. After graduating in 2009, Sasha also benefited from artistic guidance by Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia.
Grynyuk regularly performs in most of the renowned concert halls throughout Europe, South and North America, Far East and Asia, including Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Salle Cortot, Bridgewater Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Here’s a clip of Sasha Grynyuk performing at Edward Grieg International Piano Competition in 2012, where he won the First Prize.