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Next concerts with Kirill Gerstein in February 2017

February 2nd, 2017

On 2, 3, 4 and 7 February, Kirill Gerstein joins Semyon Bychkov in his celebration of Tchaikovsky with the New York Philharmonic performing the 1879 version of the composer’s First Piano Concerto. Later in the month, he travels to Vancouver to perform Brahms’ First Piano Concerto on 18 and 20 February as well as New Jersey for four performances of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano under the orchestra’s new Music Director Xiang Zhang from 23-26 February.

In between these dates, Kirill continues to tour Liszt’s Transcendental Études with performances in Flagey on 11 February, Liverpool on 12 February, Vienna on 14 February and Princeton on27 February.

Listen to Tchaikovsky, Stripped Down to His Intentions

February 1st, 2017

02GERSTEN-master768“Think you know Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1? Think again.

It’s one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire. But the pianist Kirill Gerstein, as inquisitive as he is talented, argues that what we commonly hear is an overly ostentatious misrepresentation, tarted up after Tchaikovsky’s death.

From Thursday through Feb. 7 with the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Gerstein plays a new critical edition, more delicate and less grandiose. Based on an 1879 version, it has among its sources Tchaikovsky’s own conducting score, which he used in a St. Petersburg concert nine days before his death in 1893. It is therefore closer to the music performed at Carnegie Hall’s opening week in 1891 than anything heard by New Yorkers since. Here are edited excerpts from a conversation with Mr. Gerstein.”

You can hear Kirill at the New York Philharmonic February 2-7. Tickets are available here.

David Allen, New York Times

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Next concerts with Kirill Gerstein in January 2017

January 4th, 2017

Kirill Gerstein kicks off the New Year with performances of Gershwin and Schoenberg with The Cleveland Orchestra from 5-7 January, and the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (12 and 14 January), the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (21 January) and the Naples Philharmonic (27-28 January). As well as concerto engagements, the end of the month sees Gerstein travel to Miami to give two recitals featuring Liszt’s Transcendental Études together with music by Bach and Brahms.

Kirill Gerstein’s recital on Friday centered around the Boston premiere of Timothy Andres’s “Old Friend,’’ which was composed for Gerstein.

Next concerts with Kirill Gerstein in November and December 2016

November 4th, 2016

In the lead up to Christmas, Kirill Gerstein performs in concerto engagements with the Leipzig Gewandhaus (3, 4 and 6 November), Detroit Symphony (17-19 November), Brno Philharmonic (23-24 November), Lucerne Symphony (7-8 December) and Armenian Philharmonic (16 December) Orchestras. Repertoire includes Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto (1879 version), Busoni’s Piano Concerto and Strauss’ Burlesque in D minor for Piano and Orchestra.

Also in the diary are two concerts curated by Kirill on 1 and 3 December as part of the Mozarteum Salzburg’s Dialogues Festival featuring music by Mozart, Busoni and Rihm, and collaborations with Ferenc Rados, Guy Braunstein, Baldur Bronnimann and the Basel Sinfonietta. Just over a week later, Kirill travels to Paris to give a recital of Debussy, Lutoslawski, Ravel and Stravinksy with Thomas Ades at the Fondation Louis Vuitton on 12 December.