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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.”

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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.

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Kirill performs both Brahms piano concertos with the Toledo Symphony

February 27th, 2014

Kirill returns to Toledo to perform Brahms’ two piano concertos in back-to-back concerts on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1 with conductor Stefan Sanderling and the Toledo Symphony.

In a preview by The Toledo Blade, Kirill said, “Hearing both concertos presents a very complete portrait of Brahms. The first concerto is a youthful, hyper-romantic, and dramatic work; the second is still dramatic but with a certain classical perfection to its form.”

The Blade said, “Gerstein is a hot property these days. After winning the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award, a unique and lucrative prize given every four years to a pianist of promise, the Russian-born prodigy, who had developed both classical and jazz chops, has been busy.

“He commissioned new boundary-crossing works and has performed with nearly every major orchestra in the United States and abroad. He’ll be featured soloist at this year’s Gilmore Award ceremonies in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he’ll perform with singer Storm Large.”

Kirill is looking forward to performing in Toledo again.

“I enjoy coming to Toledo,” said Gerstein. “I like the orchestra, the hall, and the museum.”

Click here to read the full preview in The Toledo Blade

Tickets for February 28 available here.

Tickets for March 1 available here.

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Kirill Gerstein and Timo Andres discuss “Old Friend,” their latest collaboration

January 31st, 2014

The Boston Globe tells the tale of how Old Friend, a piece Kirill commissioned from composer Timo Andres, came into fruition.

Click here to read the article.

You can hear the Boston premiere of Old Friend tonight at Kirill’s recital, which includes works by Haydn (Variations in F minor), Schumann (Carnaval), and Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition), at Jordan Hall.

For tickets click here.