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Kirill Gerstein | Pianist

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Kirill Gerstein’s playing is distinguished by a clarity of expression and a discerning intelligence and virtuosity. He has been described as “Gloriously free and unfazed by technical difficulties, he made the piano sing... The concerto that we’ve heard so many times before gained new life.” His curiosity and versatility has led him to explore a variety of repertoire and styles, from Bach to Adès.

Gerstein will make his debut in the 2015-16 season with the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and on tour, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He will return to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and to the Czech Philharmonic in Prague and on tour. In North America Gerstein will perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

In the past season Gerstein performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, with Manfred Honeck Staatsorchester Stuttgart and with the New York Philharmonic. In recital he performed at Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall.

Gerstein records for Myrios Classics, and his most recent recording, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 and Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 with the DSO Berlin, was warmly received and reviewed. This is the first recording of the composer’s own second version using the new scholarly edition from the Tchaikovsky Museum in Klin, Russia. “This is the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive.” (Observer). Prior to this his first solo recording with works by Schumann, Liszt and Oliver Knussen was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best recordings of 2010. He has collaborated with Tabea Zimmerman on two recordings of sonatas for viola and piano by Rebecca Clarke, Henri Vieuxtemps, Brahms, Schubert and Franck.

Born in Voronezh, Russia, Gerstein studied classical piano at a special music school for gifted children. At the age of 14, he moved to the United States to study jazz piano, becoming the youngest student ever to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Gerstein then moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Kirill Gerstein counts Dmitri Bashkirov and Ferenc Rados as his principal teachers. Gerstein was awarded First Prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, received a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award and a 2010 Avery Fisher Grant. Also in 2010, Gerstein was awarded the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award.

Kirill Gerstein is a committed teacher and holds a position at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. He was named Artist-in-Residence in the Piano Department at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music, and joined the piano and chamber music faculty at Boston Conservatory, the first joint appointment between the two institutions. (Foto: Marco Borggreve)