With Kolja Blacher, violin
Clemens Hagen, cello
Kirill Gerstein and violist Tabea Zimmermann’s “Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 2” featuring works by Brahms, Schubert and Franck, released on Myrios Classics, received a prestigious 2013 Diapason D’or de l’Année award in the Chamber Music category.
Starting Thanksgiving weekend through Sunday, December 3, Kirill will be making stops in Cincinnati, Kalamazoo, Denver, and Toronto for a series of performances exemplifying his talents as both a jazz and classical musician.
The following Monday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Kirill (the 2010 Gilmore Artist) will perform a free recital at The Gilmore as a ‘thank you’ to his Kalamazoo supporters. He will play Timo Andres’ Old Friend (a new work commissioned by Kirill using his 2010 Gilmore prize), Schumann’s Carnaval, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Then on Wednesday, Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.) at the University of Denver and Sunday, Dec. 8 (3 p.m.) at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Kirill will perform classical and jazz works by composers that include Haydn, Mussorgsky, Ligeti, Gershwin, and jazz pianist and friend Brad Mehldau, whose work Variations on a Melancholy Theme was also commission by Kirill using his 2010 Gilmore prize.
Join Kirill for one of these performances!
Kirill performs a ‘thank you’ recital at the Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo, MI on December 2. His recital program features a new work he commissioned with his Gilmore prize titled Old Friend by Timo Andres. Also on the program are Schumann’s Carnaval and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
The 2014 Gilmore Keyboard Festival programs have now been announced. Kirill returns this spring to perform two recitals showcasing the breadth of his musical styles. On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Krill performs works for two pianos with Katherine Chi, and on Thursday, May 8, he’ll be joined by vocalist Storm Large of Pink Martini in the Festival Jazz Club.
Mark your calendars! And see the full schedule here: http://bit.ly/17t3tbV
Photo credits: CSO
Kirill visited the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s Rosenthal Archives to peruse materials relating to Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Ferrucio Busoni, among others. In 1930, Prokofiev was soloist in the CSO’s first performances of his Second Piano Concerto, which Kirill also performed with the CSO this past weekend.
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“Among the classical music cognoscenti, Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff has a certain reputation: gushy and opulent, certainly not serious—an old-fashioned romantic who never caught up to the modernism of the 20th century. Pianist (and super-fan) Kirill Gerstein said this isn’t the composer’s fault, but that of his interpreters.”
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Kirilll performs Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in his subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic October 17-19.
On Sunday, October 20, he performs Mussorgsky’s colorful and virtuosic Pictures at an Exhibition and the NY premiere of jazz pianist Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme at (le) poisson rouge.