20th Anniversary of Green Cross – Special Concert by Andrei Gavrilov

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Green Cross International, famous Russian pianist Andrei Gavrilov will be giving an exceptional concert. This event will take place on 2 september, 2013 at 8pm, in Victoria Hall, Geneva. Tickets are on sale: for more information, visit our webpage on the event.

Andrei Gavrilov was born on 21 September 1955 in Moscow. His mother started to teach him piano from the age of two. Later on, he conquered the hearts of the jury and public on the occasion of the Tchaikovsky Competition of 1974. Thanks to his brilliant playing he won the first prize and began to tour the world.

Andrei Gavrilov is often referred to as the “lion of the keyboard”, but even more than that he is a truly inspired artist inhabited by an ideal personal aesthetic. His uncompromising and engaged spirit reflected his political positions during the Cold War. He categorically refused to play in front of Brezhnev in 1979 and criticized the Soviet institutions and ministers. This will lead him to be put under house arrest in 1980 and to suffer several attempts on his life during the three years of his arrest. Without the intervention of Mikhail Gorbatchev in 1984, he would never have had a chance to continue his career as an internationally renowned musician. He travelled the world again and signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 1990, but from 1993 on his concerts became more rare. This truly makes his participation to Green Cross’ anniversary an exceptional event.

His repertoire is vast, ranging from Bach to Scriabin through Stockhausen. Faithful to the original texts, he is considered as a legendary performer of Chopin and Prokofiev, whose works he will be paying a tribute to on 2 september. The funds raised on this occasion will be used in the framework of Green Cross’ access to water and sanitation project called “Smart water for green schools”. Launched in 2010, this project has already been deployed in African, Asian, Latin American and Eastern European communities.

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