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Next concerts with Kirill Gerstein in July and August 2017

July 12th, 2017

In addition to concerto engagements with the Chicago Symphony (21 July) and Taipei Symphony (26 August), this summer sees Kirill Gerstein make appearances at the Verbier Festival on 28, 29 and 30 July; Aspen Music Festival on 2 August; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on 8 August; and the Mostly Mozart Festival for his debut there on 15 and 16 August. At the end of August, Kirill returns to the BBC Proms in London to perform Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov.

Kirill Gerstein during his celebrity Series recital (Robert Torres photo)

Next concerts with Kirill Gerstein in May and June 2017

May 4th, 2017

Kirill Gerstein splits his time between recitals and concerto engagements over the next two months, opening May with recitals in Kansas and Fresno on 5 and 7 May, followed by Seattle and Washington on 16 and 21 May.  Playing music by Bach, Brahms and Liszt, Kirill concludes his US tour of these composers on 11 June in Chicago. Chamber music also forms part of Gerstein’s schedule in June when he plays Schumann and Brahms with Leonidas Kavakos, Albrecht Mayer and others on 13 June at the Berliner Philharmonie.

Concerto engagements over May and June see Kirill travel to San Diego for Bartok’s Third Piano Concerto from 12-13 May with the San Diego Symphony under Matthias Pintscher; Paris for Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on 1 June with the Orchestre National de France under David Robertson; Dresden for Brahms’ First Piano Concerto from 16-18 June with the Dresden Philharmonic under Michael Sanderling; and Bad Kissingen for Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor on 21 June with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Andrés Oroczco-Estrada.

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Next concerts with Kirill Gerstein in April 2017

April 13th, 2017

Kirill Gerstein kicks off April with a double-whammy of Gershwin, performing ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and the Piano Concerto in F from 7-9 April with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson. A week later, he travels to Bogota in Colombia to present the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Lucerne Symphony and James Gaffigan on 14 April, the conductor with whom he recorded the work in 2015 for myrios classics.
At the end of the month, Gerstein presents recital programmes in Berlin at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival on 26 April, in Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie on 27 April and in Dusselforf at the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast on 30 April.

 

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Next concerts with Kirill Gerstein in March 2017

March 6th, 2017

A busy March sees Kirill Gerstein travel to Boston, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo and Cologne for concerto engagements, starting at the beginning of the month in New York and Durham, NC to perform Brahms’ Piano Quintet with the Hagen Quartet. Busoni’s Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony under Sakari Oramo on 10-11 March is followed a week later by Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (1879 version) with the Danish National Symphony under John Storgaards on 16 March. Rachmaninov dominates the end of the month with performances of Piano Concerto No. 2 from 23-25 March with the Sao Paulo Symphony and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini on 31 March and 1 April with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.

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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