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Kirill
Gerstein

Piano

Born in 1979 in Voronezh, Russia, Kirill Gerstein attended one of the country’s special music schools for gifted children and taught himself to play jazz. Following a chance encounter with Gary Burton when he was fourteen, he was invited to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz piano but also continued his classical piano studies. At the Manhattan School of Music in New York he studied with Solomon Mikowsky.

Kirill Gerstein appears worldwide in performances ranging from recitals to concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. He made his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest in January 2016 as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Semyon Bychkov.

Kirill Gerstein’s curiosity and versatility has led to an intense engagement with a wide range of repertoire and styles, from Bach to Adès. His recording projects have recently included the release of Busoni’s Piano Concerto; The Gershwin Moment with the St Louis Symphony, and Liszt’s Transcendental Études. He has also recorded Scriabin’s music for piano and orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s three piano concertos.

Over the last season, Gerstein’s collaboration with composer and pianist Thomas Adès came to the fore with the world and European premières of Adès’s new Piano Concerto.

Winning the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2002 enabled him to commission new works from Timothy Andres, Chick Corea, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and Brad Mehldau. Previous accolades include First Prize at the 10th Arthur Rubinstein Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Kirill Gerstein led piano classes at the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik between 2007 and 2017, and in October 2018, took up the post of Professor of Piano at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin.

Born in 1979 in Voronezh, Russia, Kirill Gerstein attended one of the country’s special music schools for gifted children and taught himself to play jazz. Following a chance encounter with Gary Burton when he was fourteen, he was invited to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz piano but also continued his classical piano studies. At the Manhattan School of Music in New York he studied with Solomon Mikowsky.

Kirill Gerstein appears worldwide in performances ranging from recitals to concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. He made his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest in January 2016 as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Semyon Bychkov.

Kirill Gerstein’s curiosity and versatility has led to an intense engagement with a wide range of repertoire and styles, from Bach to Adès. His recording projects have recently included the release of Busoni’s Piano Concerto; The Gershwin Moment with the St Louis Symphony, and Liszt’s Transcendental Études. He has also recorded Scriabin’s music for piano and orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s three piano concertos.

Over the last season, Gerstein’s collaboration with composer and pianist Thomas Adès came to the fore with the world and European premières of Adès’s new Piano Concerto.

Winning the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2002 enabled him to commission new works from Timothy Andres, Chick Corea, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and Brad Mehldau. Previous accolades include First Prize at the 10th Arthur Rubinstein Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Kirill Gerstein led piano classes at the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik between 2007 and 2017, and in October 2018, took up the post of Professor of Piano at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin.