Gavrilov, Andrei, outstanding Russian pianist; b. Moscow, Sept. 21, 1955. He studied piano with his mother, then entered the Central Music School in Moscow when he was 6 and studied with Tatiana Kestner; subsequently trained with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Cons. He won 1st prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1972, and thereafter pursued a distinguished career, making an impressive N.Y. recital debut in 1985. His superlative technique and interpretive insights are revealed in his remarkable performances of a comprehensive repertoire, ranging from the Baroque to the avant-garde.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire