Alexander Gavrylyuk The Ukrainian-born pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk made a spectacular debut in Amsterdam in 2009. Critics praised not only his fabulous technique, but also his depth and sense of colour. Since then he returned several times with great success. Gavrylyuk has a strong connection with Russian repertoire and is in his element at Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Unimaginably, Tchaikovsky was scolded for this work at the time, but time proved him right: it became an evergreen worldwide. Wonderful mix The music of the South Korean composer Unsuk Chin is a wonderful mix of European and Asian elements. For the first time she composed a new work commissioned by the Concertgebouw Orchestra. On the occasion of the Beethoven year – this year he would have turned 250 – she based her new work on Beethoven's sketchbooks. Jimmy López Jimmy López is from Peru but sees himself as a cosmopolitan. In recent years he has achieved great success with his colourful music, in which different styles come together within a solid framework of classical composition techniques. In 2016, his First Symphony proved that he is a master of the great form. The four volumes correspond to the four books of the novel The Journeys of Persiles and Sigismunda by Cervantes, published just before his death in 1616. In the final part, repetitive patterns in percussion and brass lead to a grand finale.