Antonii Baryshevskyi plays Mussorgsky & Scriabin

Antonii Baryshevskyi (piano)

“The most important thing is to play on a good instrument”, Antonii Baryshevskyi confided to Ukrainian journalist Olha Kizlova in an interview given in 2013. “Furthermore, you need truly good schooling – an environment that allows for music education. Our [Ukrainian] piano culture is based on the teaching of [Heinrich] Neuhaus, who paid special attention to timbre and tone quality. Sonority is extremely important for an interpreter – something I’ve been working on for a long time.” Baryshevskyi reflects further on the subject of piano literature: “The choice of repertoire has to be just right. But even that aspect wouldn’t be enough if one wasn’t capable of expressing oneself earnestly and authentically. If you’re able to hold all of those elements in balance, nothing can ever go completely wrong. But if an artist just wants to put himself on display and express himself by means of music, the result will be a caricature. The most important thing is to achieve balance between the composer’s written intentions and the performer’s inner world of reflections and emotions. If you get that balance right, everything is right.” In her magazine feature on the young pianist, Olha Kizlova wrote of his “thoroughly well-conceived, deeply felt, authentic interpretation. He is guided by his perfect taste; heart-warming, thrillingly enchanting playing and a seemingly endless palette of colours and dynamics all inspire his listeners to concentrate along with him, obtaining their trust from the very first note. This young soloist has incredible potential and will consistently follow his own path, always guided by a self-critical endeavour to achieve perfection.” Born in 1988 in Kiev (Ukraine), Antonii Baryshevskyi started studying the piano when he was seven and ventured his first steps at Donska State Specialized Music School No. 14. After having obtained his diploma at Lysenko Music School in 2007, he pursued post-graduate studies at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in the class of Valerii Kozlov. At the age of 16, Baryshevskyi was already selected as “A Man of the Year 2005” for a specialized training scholarship, and as one of the participants in the Euro Radio Youth Concert in Munich one year afterwards. Antonii’s musical path then took him to Paris, where he concluded his studies in 2015 in the class of Marian Rybicki at the École Normale de Musique (ENM). He also participated in masterclasses imparted by Alfred Brendel, Daniel Pollack and Lily Dorfman. In 2012, the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine awarded him the “Soloist” distinction.

Antonii Baryshevskyi: an impressive Wigmore Hall debut

Generally young performers poised on the brink of an international career, too many may offer a bland synthesis of music, technically polished but lacking in insight or maturity. Not so Antonii Baryshevskyi, a young pianist from Kiev, whose impressive Wigmore Hall debut combined pristine technical facility and consummate musicality in a challenging and highly varied programme….

>> (03 March 2015) By Frances Wilson

Antonii Baryshevskyi’s debut at Wigmore Hall

The 27-year-old Ukrainian pianist has clearly gone beyond his prodigious technical accomplishment to reveal an artist of considerable insight. Let’s hope that his independence of approach, which suited the maverick aspects of some of his programme so well, keeps its edge and curiosity…

>> (Monday, March 02, 2015) Reviewed by Peter Reed

… and here Baryshevskyi really made you feel the wind in your face…

Antonii Baryshevskyi opened his first recital with one of the competition’s pieces imposées, Benjamin Yusupov’s Subconscious Labyrinths — a daring way to introduce himself to the audience and jurors. …

>> by Timothy Gilligan for New York Concert Review; New York, NY

Faszinierende Spiegel-Bilder (DE)

Der ukrainische Pianist und Busoni-Preisträger Antonii Bavshevskvi begeistert mit Havel und Prokofiev …

>> Von Christian Strehk /Ausgabe vom 11.06.2012, Kultur – Seite 13/span>

Antonii Baryshevskyi, by Geoffrey Norris

Barischevsky, who also studies composition, had already been impressive in his solo round, with a terrific thrust and range of colour in Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” pieces, luminous texture and dynamism in a deeply thought Beethoven “Appassionata” Sonata, and a mature stylistic sense in Ravel and a Bach/Busoni transcription. He was also the only candidate to play one of the stipulated contemporary works — Toshio Hosokawa’s “Étude I” — from memory. His Rachmaninoff Third Concerto in the finals was utterly absorbing. Far from the crash-bang-wallop style so often favoured by competition contestants (not least by the accident-prone Chernichka), Barischevsky’s performance was notable for warm lyricism, genuine passion and a subtle spectrum of darker hues that made his interpretative voice stand out as one of freshness and fascinating insight…

>> (08.09.2011)

Antonii Baryshevskyi, musician, composer

Of a young and promising pianist and composer Baryshevsky started talking not long ago. Just finished the Music Academy of the Tchaikovsky, and already has more than a dozen awards. His first major music award he received in 2009 in Spain on 51 th International Piano Competition “Jaen”…

>> Culture and Life (1/2011)

Orchestra – Odessa, conductor and soloist – from Kiev


…In the same university student pianist Anthonii Baryshevsky, from Kiev, the winner of 14 international competitions, as well as several Ukrainian contests and festivals….

>> Internet newspaper “The View from Odessa” (30.10.2010)

Pianist Antonii Baryshevskyi


Opening of the new concert season in Dnipropetrovsk Philharmonic Society – a great holiday! And the holiday is always welcome distinguished guests…

>> BILLBOARD Dnepropetrovsk (01.10.2009)

Anthony Baryshevsky victory


On 51-th International Piano Competition “Award Jaén” Ukrainian pianist Anthony Baryshevsky was laureate, and won an Audience Award “Contemporary Music”

>> Raiz Ucrania (25.07.2009)

The Ukrainian Antonii Baryshevski wins the 51st International Jaén Piano Contest

The Ukrainian Antonii Baryshevski is the new winner of the 51st International Jaén Piano Contest,
organized by the Provincial Council, between the 16th and the 24th of April. It is the first time that this award goes to an Ukrainian.

>> Competition “Prize Jaen” (April, 2009)

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