Biography

SASHA GRYNYUK, Piano.

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sasha Grynyuk studied at the National Music Academy of Ukraine and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ronan O’Hora. After graduation he benefited from the artistic guidance of such great musicians as Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia. Sasha was described by legendary Charles Rosen as “an impressive artist with remarkable, unfailing musicality always moving with the most natural, electrifying, and satisfying interpretations”.

Winner of over ten International competitions, prizes and awards, Sasha was chosen as a ‘Rising Star’ for BBC Music Magazine and International Piano Magazine. His successes also include First Prizes in the Grieg International Piano Competition and the BNDES International Piano Competition, in addition to winning the Guildhall School of Music’s most prestigious award – the Gold Medal – previously won by such artists as Jacqueline Du Pré and Bryn Terfel.

Sasha has performed around the world in many major venues including Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Wiener Konzerthaus, Weil Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall, New York), Teatro Real (Rio de Janeiro) and Salle Cortot (Paris). He has performed with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Brasiliera and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.

His recording of music by Glenn Gould and Friedrich Gulda for Piano Classics was chosen as the record of the month for the German magazine Piano News and shortlisted for the New York Classical Radio Award.

Among Sasha’s ongoing projects are performances of Shostakovich’s original piano score for the 1929 silent film The New Babylon, which he premièred at LSO St. Luke’s, London, and later performed at Leif Ove Andsnes’ Rosendal Festival, Norway. “Sasha Grynyuk amazed all attendees and took one of the longest, sincere and enthusiastic applause of these days” — El País review of the Rosendal Festival. “Sasha Grynyuk was in stunning form throughout, bringing tonal variety along with symphonic unity rendered with feeling and remarkable precision. If the Russian musicians of 1929 could not keep up with Shostakovich’s furious tempos this was never a problem for Grynyuk” — Classical Source.

Sasha has recently been invited to collaborate with Alina Cojocaru, principal dancer of the English National Ballet and former principal of the Royal Ballet, in a series of performances of new and classical works at Sadler’s Wells, London, including Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand that is set to Liszt’s iconic Sonata in B-minor.

Sasha is a Keyboard Trust artist and currently benefits from the artistic guidance of its founder Noretta Conci-Leech.