BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
On Friday 15 July, Kirill Gerstein releases Liszt’s Transcendental Études on myrios classics. His performances of the full cycle last year in London and in New York were described as “phenomenal” and “dazzling”. The recording is scheduled for release in the U.S. on September 9.
Earlier in July, Kirill Gerstein travels to Düsseldorf to give three performances of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto (new urtext edition of 1879 version). A month later, Gerstein will perform this version for the first time in the UK at the BBC Proms on 7 August and in the US at Chicago’s Grant Park Festival on 12 and 13 August.
Elsewhere, Gerstein appears at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival on 10 July, with the Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Bravo! Vail Festival in Colorado on 14 July and at the Snape Proms in Aldeburgh on 20 August.
On Thursday 14 April, Kirill Gerstein makes his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic performing Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. Further performances take place on 15 and 16 April, the latter of which will be live streamed on the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall.
Earlier this season, Kirill also made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw performing the same piece with Semyon Bychkov. Of his performance on 28 January, NRC Handelsblad said: “Gerstein made the Rachmaninov bloom with beautifully drawn phrases”.
Following his four-city tour of Europe with the Czech Philharmonic, Kirill Gerstein travels to Switzerland (8 and 11 March), Germany (10 March) and Italy (12 March) this month for further performances with Clemens Hagen and Kolja Blacher as part of their ongoing project to perform the complete chamber works by Beethoven for piano and strings.
Concerto engagements in March include performances of Ravel and Schumann with the Hallé in Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent on 17 and 18 March, and of Rachmaninov with the Utah Symphony on 25 and 26 March.
Kirill Gerstein’s world première recording of the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto was last month announced as one of three recordings nominated in the Concerto category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2016.
Released in February 2015 by myrios classics to mark the composer’s 175th anniversary, the recording was chosen by a jury of experts from a longlist of more than 200 recordings, each of which had been awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine critics in their reviews last year. Now it’s over to the public to choose their favourite CDs in the seven different award categories. Simply click on: awards.classical-music.com and enter your vote before 19 February!