Kirill Gerstein


Kirill Gerstein(c) Marco Borggreve

Kirill Gerstein’s curiosity and versatility has led him to explore a wide range of repertoire and styles. From Bach to Adès, his playing is distinguished by a discerning intelligence, great virtuosity and a clarity of expression. 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.” (Leipziger Volkszeitung). In recent seasons Gerstein has made his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras. In Europe this season Gerstein has toured with the Leipzig Gewandhaus under Blomstedt, and RAI Torino under Bychkov, he also performs with the Bayerischen Rundfunks Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pappano; the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Adès; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Oramo, the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov and many more. In the US, he will perform piano concertos by Brahms with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Muti, Bach with the Boston Symphony and Nelsons, and Gershwin with the Baltimore Symphony and Alsop. In recital, Gerstein appears at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York. Equally at home in chamber music, Gerstein will tour Japan with Daishin Kashimoto, and perform in a French programme at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and on tour in North America with Clemens Hagen performing Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas. Gerstein has recorded Scriabin's Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor with the Oslo Philharmonic and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko which was released in Autumn 2017 by LAWO Classics. In 2018 Gerstein will release Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson for myrios classics. Gerstein’s previous recordings for the label include Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in the composer’s own final version from 1879.