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The New York Times reviews Imaginary Pictures

July 18th, 2014

The remarkable pianist Kirill Gerstein brings technical assurance, characteristic subtlety and a gift for instilling unease to two canonical collections of miniatures — Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Schumann’s “Carnaval” — often played more for their glittering surfaces than their unsettling depths. Well, Mr. Gerstein gets down deep.

The New York Times, July 16, 2014

Read the review here.

Photo credits: Marco Borggreve

Kirill Wows Audiences and Critics in San Diego

May 21st, 2014

Kirill Gerstein performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the San Diego Symphony and conductor Jahja Ling last weekend to unanimous acclaim. Playing with “unwavering focus and ardor” (San Diego Story), Kirill’s performace was hailed as “an interpretation that was remarkably alive, that seemed a constant reinvention of the music” (U-T San Diego). The praise was echoed by Bachtrack, which wrote, “His thrilling rendering of this most demanding masterpiece provided inarguable proof not only of his remarkable talent and musical accomplishment, but also of a unique personality that captivated the audience throughout his performance.”

Kirill Gerstein - Imaginary Pictures

Imaginary Pictures, Kirill’s next solo album, to be released in June

May 15th, 2014

Imaginary Pictures, to be released June 3 in the U.K. and June 10 in the U.S. on Myrios Classics, features Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann’s Carnaval. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for details on an upcoming CD giveaway!

Leila Josefowicz, Oliver Knussen, and Kirill Gerstein.

Live video recording of Kirill performing in Berg’s Kammerkonzert now available online

March 26th, 2014

On March 21 in Helsinki, Kirill performed in Berg’s Kammerkonzert (Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments) with violinist Leila Josefowicz and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Oliver Knussen.

The live video recording of the performance is now available online, giving listeners worldwide a unique opportunity to watch, hear, and experience this piece intimately.

To watch the video, click here.

The video is available online until April 19.