Following Kirill’s performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led by Giancarlo Guerrero, John Terauds wrote in the Toronto Star:
“To twist a cliché, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and guest pianist Kirill Gerstein taught an early-evening audience on Wednesday that you can teach an old warhorse new tricks.
“The crowd at Roy Thomson Hall rose boisterously to its feet as the Russian-born pianist finished playing Peter Ilytch Tchaikovsky’s perennially popular Piano Concerto No. 1 because he managed to augment this big, three-movement showpiece from 1875 with a breath of fresh lyricism to go with the keyboard fireworks.”
Kirill performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra again Thursday, May 16 and Saturday, May 18.
This week, in anticipation of his two concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO), Kirill met with ISO piano technician Michael Sowka at the Steinway on which he would perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Since apprenticing at a German piano shop, Kirill has regularly collaborated with piano technicians before concerts to fine-tune the instrument’s voicing to his exact preference.
Kirill will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the ISO tomorrow, May 9 at 11 a.m., and on Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m.
On Friday, April 26, Kirill brings his boundary-breaking, “high-octane” recital program featuring works from jazz to classical to the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium presented by La Jolla Music Society. The program includes Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme commissioned by Kirill, as well as works by Brahms, Haydn and Mussorgsky.
The recital, featuring works by Haydn, Brahms, Schumann, and the UK premiere of Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme, can be heard online at BBC Radio 3 through April 11, 2013.