Jiri Belohlávek, conductor
Following his Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra debut at the end of January, Kirill Gerstein joins the Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov for a second performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on 4 February.
Elsewhere, Gerstein brings the new urtext edition of the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto for the first time to Reykjavik on 11 February with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and James Gaffigan (with whom he recorded the work for myrios classics), and on a European tour with the Czech Philharmonic and Jiří Bělohlávek, starting in Zagreb on 27 February.
Prior to the start of the tour, Kirill Gerstein also presents three performances of Ravel’s Piano Concertos in G and D major (for left hand alone), also with the Czech Philharmonic at the Rudolfinum in Prague from 17-19 February.
Kirill Gerstein’s world première recording of the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto has just been 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!
The New Year sees Kirill Gerstein make his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on 28 January, the first of two significant European debuts this season. Kirill performs Rachmaninov’s Piano concerto No. 2 under the baton of Semyon Bychkov with whom he also made his Leipzig Gewandhaus debut in September 2014 playing the same piece.
Prior to this, Kirill travels across the USA to perform Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Long Yu from 7-10 January; Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langrée on 14 and 16 January; and Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada from 22-24 January.
Kirill’s performances of Prometheus — Scriabin’s colossal work for piano, choir and orchestra, which concluded the CSO and Maestro Muti’s tribute to the composer for the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death — received resounding reviews from the Chicago press:
“Kirill Gerstein… attacked the feverish solo passages with the right coiled-spring intensity, offset by the rippling delicacy he brought to the more playful pages.” – John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune
“His playing in the Scriabin was brilliant, and merged seamlessly with the supremely complex soundscape of Scriabin’s work…” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times
“The alarmingly gifted Kirill Gerstein proved a simpatico solo protagonist for Scriabin’s wayward quasi-concerto, bringing power, firm focus, and unbridled virtuosity to the rhapsodic keyboard role.” – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
Mr. Gerstein will next be heard with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 led by Christian Măcelaru, December 18-20. Click here for further information.
Following his return from the USA and Canada, Kirill Gerstein continues his exploration of Beethoven’s chamber works with Clemens Hagen and Koljar Blacher. They present the composer’s Violin Sonata No. 9, Cello Sonata No. 3 and Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 2 in Basel (27 Oct), Navarra (28 Oct) and Florence (31 Oct). Kirill also presents three further performances of Strauss’s Enoch Arden with Bruno Ganz in Pirmasens (29 Oct), Iffeldorf (2 Nov) and Munich (23 Nov).
Kirill returns to more Beethoven in November when he performs his Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Dorset (25 Nov), Exeter (26 Nov) and Basingstoke (27 Nov). Prior to this, he gives two performances of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Kalmar (7 and 9 Nov).