Kirill Gerstein

Piano

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Biography

Pianist Kirill Gerstein’s heritage combines the traditions of Russian, American and Central European music-making with an insatiable curiosity. These qualities and the relationships that he has developed with orchestras, conductors, instrumentalists, singers and composers, have led him to explore repertoire both new and old. From Bach to Adès, Gerstein’s playing is distinguished by its clarity of expression, discerning intelligence and virtuosity, and an energetic, imaginative musical presence that places him at the top of his profession.

Born in the former Soviet Union, Gerstein is an American citizen based in Berlin.  His career is similarly international, with solo and concerto engagements taking him across Europe and the United States, to China and Australia. An important focus of the last season was the world première of Thomas Adès’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. The outcome of a long and productive relationship with both orchestra and composer, the concerto was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and composed especially for Gerstein. Following the world première in Boston and subsequent New York and European premières, over the 2019-20 season, Gerstein and Adès will present the new piece in London, Helsinki, Munich, Amsterdam and Los Angeles. Gerstein will also be heard playing the new work with the Danish National Symphony and Nicholas Collon, and The Cleveland Orchestra and Alan Gilbert.

The recent critical urtext edition of the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, to which Gerstein was given special pre-publication access in 2014, will feature in performances in Prague, Vienna’s Musikverein and the Philharmonie in Paris with the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov. Decca Classics’s The Tchaikovsky Project, for which Gerstein live recorded the three piano concertos with the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov, will be released in August 2019. Since 2007, when Gerstein and Bychkov first collaborated, Gerstein has made his debuts with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics as well as with the Royal Concertgebouw under Bychkov’s baton. He made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in Paris under Sir Simon Rattle in December 2017, and has since appeared with them in London under Sir Mark Elder. Gerstein will return to the Orchestra in June 2020 to perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F under Rattle.

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Reviews

“Kirill Gerstein now belongs to the class of the most renowned classical pianists thanks to the idiosyncratic sound worlds he creates and his profoundly universal understanding of music”

 

Süddeutsche Zeitung