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Intermusica tours the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig for 275th anniversary concerts with Kirill Gerstein & Leonidas Kavakos

08 October 2017

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Intermusica is delighted work once again with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig as they mark their 275th anniversary with a tour visiting some of Europe's finest halls. During the tour, the orchestra performs works it has premiered over the course of its long history, including music by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Bruckner.


Conducted by Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, who is also marking his 90th birthday, the tour also features Intermusica artists Leonidas Kavakos and Kirill Gerstein. Kavakos and Gerstein join the orchestra to perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, with Gautier Capuçon performing alongside them as cello soloist.


The tour begins with a concert at London's Barbican Centre on 22 October, where Blomstedt conducts the Beethoven Triple and Bruckner Symphony No.7. They then continue on to the Philharmonie de Paris for two concerts; on 23 October they give a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with soprano Hannah Morrison and baritone Michael Nagy, alongside Beethoven Triple Concerto and Schubert Symphony No.9 on 24 October, a programme they repeat in Luxembourg on 26 October.


The tour continues in November with performances in Japan and Taiwan.


Performances:


22 October: Barbican Centre, London
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Bruckner Symphony No. 7 in E Major


23 October: Philharmonie de Paris
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45


24 October: Philharmonie de Paris
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C Major


26 October: Philharmonie, Luxembourg
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C Major

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

28 September 2017

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Kirill Gerstein joins the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor Sakari Oramo for two performances of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments on 12 and 14 October 2017. These concerts form part of the orchestra’s Stravinsky Festival, which takes place from 12 to 21 October.


Last season, Gerstein and Oramo perform Busoni’s Piano Concerto together with the Boston Symphony Orchestra:


"Entirely wonderful through the whole phantasmagoric, gargantuan, mystifying, hilarious thing, Mr. Gerstein barely mopped his brow."
New York Times


"His passagework was impeccable, his tempo was steady, and he shaped it all beautifully... Gerstein was thunderous one moment, thoughtful the next, and circusy when appropriate. But it was the space around the notes — something you have to create in this piece — where he stamped his authority."
Boston Globe

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2017 marked another highly successful summer for Intermusica's artists, who gave critically acclaimed performances at festivals all over Europe. Read a small selection of reviews below.


Brett Dean's Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne in June and was greeted with universal acclaim. The Sunday Times called it "the operatic event of the year", while in a five star review the Times wrote that “Dean’s skill at creating a supercharged orchestral subtext to each scene is matched by his immense theatricality. Quite apart from his unerring pacing of the story, he also creates at least a dozen moments where sheer sonority alone sends shivers up the spine… The overall impression is of a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”


Lise Davidsen made a critically acclaimed UK operatic debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June. Described as possessing "one of the greatest voices I have ever head" by the Observer, Davidsen's debut was described as "one of those 'I was there' moments" by the Times.


Joshua Weilerstein made an "auspicious" debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and his sister Alisa Weilerstein in a programme of Rebel, Berlioz and Pascal Dusapin. Classical Source praised his "admirably prepared and presented" Symphonie fantastique.


Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra returned to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory on 22 July. This time, they performed Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by Strauss Metamorphosen. The Times called it “gripping stuff… an astonishing feat of concentration. With Nicholas Collon favouring speeds ranging from zippy to hair-raising, there was virtuosity all around the band too…an impassioned account of Strauss’s desolate but gorgeous Metamorphosen.”


The Pavel Haas Quartet made a stellar return to the Verbier Festival on 22 July, with Bachtrack praising the quartet for their "old-fashioned virtues of watchfulness, aural alertness and intense concentration... From the micro-perfection of its opening chord to an ethereally feathered final note, this was an Allegro con brio of unfolding joys."


Michel van der Aa was the Composer in Residence at this year's Lucerne Festival, with his works performed throughout the festival. The Luzerner Zeitung praised his "easy handling of current technological possiblities", while the Neue Zurcher Zeitung wrote that his "music theatre of beguiling opulence... might offer a view of the future of opera".


Mark Wigglesworth was joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99. The Sunday Times claimed that Wigglesworth demonstrated "the most authoritative conducting, instantly masterly, I’ve witnessed so far at these Proms, Bernard Haitink’s appearance apart. And Wigglesworth seems close to Haitink’s level... One knew all would be right about this account because Wigglesworth’s intensity was unanswerable.”


Sir John Eliot Gardiner had a busy summer, performing twice at the Proms as well as continuing the Monteverdi Trilogy tour at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Berlin festivals. His Proms performance of Berlioz La damnation de Faust with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique was described as "thrilling" by the Observer in a five star review, while the Salzburger Nachrichten praised the Monteverdi Trilogy performances at the Salzburg Festival: "The harmony and the symbiotic relationship of the performers and their conductor has reached a degree of perfection, which shows style, form awareness and playful freedom."


John Wilson gave two performances at the BBC Proms this year, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and his John Wilson Orchestra. This year, Wilson led the JWO in two critically acclaimed performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma! on 11 August: "no conductor appreciates the importance of an orchestration’s inner voices like Wilson, or is more adept at caressing a countermelody without letting it get in the way." (Spectator)


Andreas Haefliger returned to the Edinburgh International Festival this year, giving an "inspiringly commanding" solo recital in August: "Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled until they leapt to their feet at the end, cheering." (Herald Scotland)


Also in Edinburgh, Richard Egarr led Iestyn Davies and the Academy of Ancient Music in two performances of Bach and Telemann. The Scotsman praised the performances, which were "delivered with a style and panache that lifted the notes clean off the page with their precisely pointed rhythms."


Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® was presented at the Proms on 23 August in “an excellent evening of innovation” (Bachtrack), with a a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney presented alongside a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ from the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.  


Leonidas Kavakos reunited with Riccardo Chailly on 25 August, as Intermusica brought the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos performed the Brahms Violin Concerto, a performance which was praised for the "the way he made the music breathe and sing in lyrical, expansive paragraphs while remaining continuously alert both to subtleties of meaning and absolute directness of expression." (Guardian)


Kirill Gerstein continued his partnership with Semyon Bychkov on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1:
"[Gerstein] delivered the slow movement with improvisatory freedom and dazzled with crystalline virtuosity in the finale." (Daily Telegraph)

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Kirill Gerstein performs Scriabin with the Oslo Philharmonic

23 August 2017

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Kirill Gerstein joins the Oslo Philharmonic and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko on 6 September 2017 for a performance of Scriabin Symphony No. 5 'Prometheus: The Poem of Fire'. He gives a repeat performance the following day.


Gerstein closed the Chicago Symphony's year-long Scriabin symphonic cycle with a "brilliant" performance of the work in December 2015:


“[Gerstein] attacked the feverish solo passages with the right coiled-spring intensity, offset by the rippling delicacy he brought to the more playful pages. "Prometheus" closed Muti's yearlong Scriabin symphony cycle in triumph.”
Chicago Tribune


“[Gerstein's] playing in the Scriabin was brilliant, and merged seamlessly with the supremely complex soundscape of Scriabin’s work”
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.”
Chicago Classical Review


Later in the month, Gerstein joins the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai and Semyon Bychkov for performances of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in Milan, Torino, Verona, and Vienna on 14, 16, 17 and 20 September.


“With the massive bell-like introduction, which in Kirill Gerstein’s hands crescendoed like a magical force, he presented himself as a true partner to the orchestra…He has the touch and fluidity of a Liszt virtuoso and at the same time the intuition of a chamber musician."
Der Tagesspiegel

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Kirill Gerstein performs Rachmaninov in return to the BBC Proms

17 August 2017

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Kirill Gerstein returns to London on 31 August 2017 to appear at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov. Together they perform Rachamninov Piano Concerto No.1.


Gerstein’s performance of the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at the 2016 BBC Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was highly praised:


"Iconoclastic, improvisatory and thrilling... the spirit of invention that he brings to the keyboard is intoxicating."
Times


"Kirill Gerstein delivered the 1879 revised version of the first – whose every bar reflects Tchaikovsky’s inspiration at white heat – like the warrior-poet he is. Technically flawless and imbued with benign authority, his performance was studded with moments of unexpected beauty; one seldom sees an audience erupt with such spontaneous delight."
Independent


"There's no doubting Gerstein’s commitment to it or the intensity of his performance – sensitive yet driven, and displaying his pianism at its finest throughout."
Guardian


Before arriving in London, Gerstein joins Gilbert Varga and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 on 26 August.

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Kirill Gerstein performs Schumann in return to Mostly Mozart Festival in New York

01 August 2017

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Kirill Gerstein returns to Lincoln Center on 15 August 2017 to perform Schumann Piano Concerto at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Gerstein joins the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Louis Langrée for the performance in David Geffen Hall. Gerstein gives a repeat performance the following day.


Gerstein follows the second performance with a candlelit recital at Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse. Gerstein performs Clara Schumann Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann and Busoni's arrangement of Brahms Two Choral Préludes. He also performs Brahms Piano Sonata No.2, which the composer dedicated to Clara Schumann.


Prior to this, Gerstein performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra and Christian Arming on 2 August, after which he appears in five performances at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from 6 to 10 August. In Santa Fe he joins members of the Miami String Quartet to perform Brahms Piano Quartet No.2 and also performs Prism, a new work by Marc Neikrug.

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Kirill Gerstein performs Liszt Transcendental Etudes in return to Verbier

14 July 2017

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Kirill Gerstein returns to Verbier Festival this year for three concerts, starting with a performance of Liszt's Transcendental Etudes on 28 July 2017. Gerstein recorded the Etudes to great acclaim last season, with Gramophone commenting:


“From the opening ‘Preludio’ (played as a proper introduction, not as a macho wham-bang fest) and exacting demands of No 2 (entitled ‘Fusée’ by Busoni), we gather that Gerstein is no mere showman but a storyteller who, even at the height of Liszt’s ferocious challenges, lets the music breathe, controlling its ebb and flow with enormous skill”


Also on the programme are Bach Four Duettos and Brahms Piano Sonata No.2.


Gerstein then joins the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and conductor Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas for an all-Bach concert at the Salle des Combins on 29 July. Gerstein plays Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor. His final concert at the Festival, on 30 July, sees further collaboration: together with cellist Truls Mørk, he performs sonatas by Brahms and Prokofiev in a programme also including Janáček’s Pohádka.

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

07 July 2017

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Kirill Gerstein rejoins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival this month, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 under the baton of Susanna Mälkki on 21 July 2017.


Gerstein’s previous collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have garnered high praise. The Chicago Tribune praised his 2015 performance of Scriabin Prometheus:The Poem of Fire under Riccardo Muti:


“The maestro had a formidable and sympathetic collaborator in pianist Kirill Gerstein, who attacked the feverish solo passages with the right coiled-spring intensity, offset by the rippling delicacy he brought to the more playful pages.”


Following Ravinia, Gerstein makes a return to the Verbier Festival for three performances at the Église de Verbier and the Salle des Combins.

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Kirill Gerstein steps in for three concerts with Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

19 May 2017

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Kirill Gerstein steps in at the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra this week, joining the orchestra and Semyon Bychkov for performances of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Munich on 26 and 27 May, and in Ravenna on 28 May 2017.


Gerstein and Bychkov have worked together on several occasions, including at Bychkov’s Beloved Friend Tchaikovsky Project with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in October 2016 where Gerstein performed Tchaikovsky’s 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos.


"Bychkov has chosen the best pianist in the world for Tchaikovsky’s concertos, and from the moment Kirill Gerstein put his stamp on the passage-work of Concerto No 2 in G major it was clear that the work’s structural flaws would be more than compensated for by the incisive brilliance of the pianism. The second movement, in which the melody is carried first by a solo violin, then by a solo cello, before the piano gets it, was gracefully questioning; the finale sailed boisterously away."
Independent


"...the interplay between the growling, moody orchestra and the pianist Kirill Gerstein’s dextrous fingerwork was an inspired combination...Gerstein attacked the churning cadenza with the glee of a six-year-old in a sweet shop, before calming everyone’s nerves in a glowing Meditation from Tchaikovsky’s Eight Pieces."
The Times

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Kirill Gerstein debuts with the Orchestre National de France

18 May 2017

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Kirill Gerstein makes his debut with the Orchestre National de France on 1 June 2017, performing Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Maison de la Radio in Paris with conductor David Robertson.


Gerstein gave a "dashing" account of the piece with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Leonard Slatkin, receiving critical acclaim for his performance:


"A vivid collaboration from conductor and orchestra. With admirable poise Gerstein maintained momentum through the early fast Variations and then didn’t sit down on the slower ones, the languor contrasting but not divergent… Variation XVIII, expectantly led into, was without artifice and also seductively amorous, and the final quarter of the work was scintillating, ending wittily."
Classical Source, April 2017


Click here to watch Gerstein perform the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Edward Gardner.


Elsewhere this month, Gerstein performs Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with the Dresden Philharmonic and Michael Sanderling on 16, 17 and 18 June, after which he performs Schumann Piano Concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada in Bad Kissingen on 21 June.

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The BBC announced the line-up for the 2017 Proms on 20 April 2017, and as ever Intermusica artists and orchestras play a leading role in the festival. Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC website, with select concerts broadcast on BBC television live or at a later date.


Simon Halsey’s Proms Youth Choir give the opening concert of the Proms on 14 July, performing John Adams Harmonium alongside the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.


Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm the Royal Albert Hall. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Rebel Les élémens – le chaos, Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Pascal Dusapin’s cello concerto Outscape, for which he is joined by his sister, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.


Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory at 7.30pm on 22 July. This time, they perform Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by an introduction from Tom Service accompanied by excerpts from Collon and the orchestra. The programme for the concert also includes Strauss Metamorphosen.


John Wilson makes the first of two appearances at this year’s Proms at 6.30pm on 25 July when he performs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Wilson, the orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor, leads the orchestra in a programme of Vaughan Williams Symphony No.9 and Holst The Planets.


Christopher Purves also makes two appearances at the Proms this year, with his first coming on 27 July. Purves joins Juanjo Mena, the BBC Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus to perform the London premiere of Mark Simpson The Immortal, an oratorio inspired by Victorian séances.


Mark Wigglesworth is joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at 7.30pm on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99.


Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem receives its European premiere at the Proms at 7pm on 30 July from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Xian Zhang, with Jacques Imbrailo performing as the baritone soloist. 


Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Proms on 2 August with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, this time for a late night Prom at the Royal Albert Hall at 10.15pm. Gardiner conducts his ensembles in a performance of cantatas by Bach and Schütz.


David Butt Philip joins Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the first Proms performance of Prokofiev’s cantata Seven, They are Seven at 7.30pm on 7 August.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner makes his second Proms appearance of the year at 7.30pm on 8 August, this time conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in a performance of Berlioz La damnation du Faust.


Lise Davidsen makes her debut at the Proms at 7.30pm on 10 August with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds. Davidsen joins the orchestra to perform Sibelius Luonnotar and extracts from Grieg Peer Gynt.


John Wilson’s second Proms appearance this year comes on 11 August when his John Wilson Orchestra returns for its annual concert. This year, Wilson leads the orchestra in two performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma!, at 2pm and 7.30pm.


Christopher Purves joins the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle for a performance of Schoenberg Gurrelieder at 7.30pm on 19 August. Also performing are three of Simon Halsey’s choruses – City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català. Halsey also leads a Gurrelieder Proms Extra Sing Day at London Imperial College earlier that day.


Tim Mead returns to the Proms alongside John Butt and the Dunedin Consort for the third concert of the Proms’ Reformation Day at 7.45pm on 20 August. Mead follows last year’s Bach Mass in B minor with Bach St John Passion, singing alongside a cast that also includes Sophie Bevan, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook and Andrew Tortise.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® appears at the Proms at 7.30pm on 23 August, with a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ given by the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder alongside a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney.


Leonidas Kavakos reunites with Riccardo Chailly at 6.30pm on 25 August, as Intermusica bring the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos joins the orchestra for Brahms Violin Concerto, which is followed by Respighi Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.


Joélle Harvey returns to the Proms as Glyndebourne’s production of Mozart La clemenza di Tito comes to the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm on 28 August. Harvey takes the role of Servilia, with accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Robin Ticciati.


Intermusica is delighted to bring the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko to the Proms at 7.30pm on 29 August. Petrenko conducts the orchestra in an all-Russian programme of Stravinsky The Firebird (1919 version), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 and Shostakovich Symphony No.12.


Kirill Gerstein continues his partnership with Semyon Bychkov at 7.30pm on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1.


The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra bring an all-Mendelssohn programme to the Proms this year from 1pm on 3 September. Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, the orchestra perform Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Symphony No.5


Ben Johnson joins Sakari Oramo, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and an international cast of soloists for the Last Night of the Proms on 9 September. The Last Night begins from 7.15pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Two, and Johnson sings Kodály Te Deum.

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Kirill Gerstein begins recital tour of the United States

21 April 2017

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the United States this month for a recital tour, beginning at the Folly Theater in Kansas City on 5 May 2017. Performing a programme of Brahms Piano Sonata No.2 and Liszt Transcendental Etudes, Gerstein also plays at California State University in Fresno on 7 May, Seattle's Meany Hall for the Performing Arts on 16 May and at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington DC on 21 May.


Gerstein’s recording of the Transcendental Etudes, released in 2016 by Myrios Classics, was met with widespread acclaim:


"Gerstein is a thoughtful artist with noteworthy technical skills and an ability to alter his sound for expressive purposes. His renderings of “Vision” and “Ricordanza” are particularly effective in that regard."
Wall Street Journal, October 2016


"From the opening 'Preludio' and exacting demands of No 2, we gather that Gerstein is no mere showman, but a storyteller who, even at the height of Liszt's ferocious challenges, lets the music breathe, controlling its ebb and flow with enormous skill."
Gramophone, Editor's Choice, September 2016


While in the US, Gerstein takes a break from his recital tour to join the San Diego Symphony and Matthias Pintscher for two performances of Bartók Piano Concerto No.3.

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Kirill Gerstein explores the étude in recital debut at the Elbphilharmonie

13 April 2017

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Kirill Gerstein makes his debut at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg on 27 April 2017, performing a programme that explores etudes in different guises. Gerstein performs Liszt Transcendental Études alongside etudes by Blumenfeld, Scriabin, Ligeti and Earl Wild.


Gerstein’s recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Études was released in 2016 to great critical acclaim, receiving rave reviews from the Times, Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone and the Wall Street Journal:


"From the opening 'Preludio' and exacting demands of No 2, we gather that Gerstein is no mere showman, but a storyteller who, even at the height of Liszt's ferocious challenges, lets the music breathe, controlling its ebb and flow with enormous skill."
Gramophone, Editor's Choice


"Gerstein is a thoughtful artist with noteworthy technical skills and an ability to alter his sound for expressive purposes. His renderings of “Vision” and “Ricordanza” are particularly effective in that regard."
Wall Street Journal

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra

25 February 2017

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Kirill Gerstein returns to Boston this month for two concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on 10 and 11 March 2017. Gerstein joins the orchestra at Symphony Hall to perform Busoni Piano Concerto, the first time that the orchestra has played the rarely performed piece. The concerts are conducted by Sakari Oramo.


Gerstein's last appearance with the orchestra was highly praised by the Boston Globe, who commented on the "seemingly effortless virtuosity" of Gerstein's performance of Gershwin Piano Concerto.


Following the concerts in Boston, Gerstein travels to Copenhagen to perform the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, on 16 March.

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Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:


Renaud Capuçon performs sonatas for violin and piano by Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss at 11am on 22 July 2017 at the Église de Verbier with Denis Kozhukhin.


Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.


Sergei Babayn returns to the festival to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 with Joshua Weilerstein and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 24 July.


Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.


The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.


Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.


Francesco Piemontesi returns to the festival on 26 July for a solo recital at the Église at 11am, performing a programme of Mozart, Liszt, Debussy and Schubert.


The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.


George Li gives a trio performance at 11am on 27 July with Daniel Lozakovich and Pablo Ferrandez at the Église. 


Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.


Kirill Gerstein gives a solo recital at 11am at the Église on 28 July, performing works by Bach, Brahms and Liszt.


Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.


Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.


Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.


At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.


In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.


On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église. 


Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.


On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms. 


James Ehnes performs at the festival on 3 August, performing at the Église at 11am. He is joined by pianist Julien Quentin for a recital of works by Bartók, Elgar, Prokofiev and Saint-Saëns.


Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.


On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence. 

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Kirill Gerstein performs complete Liszt Transcendental Études in recital tour of Europe & the United States

28 January 2017

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Flagey, Brussels

Kirill Gerstein takes the complete Liszt Transcendental Études on tour this month, starting with a performance at Flagey in Brussels on 11 February 2017. Gerstein's recent recording of the pieces for Myrios Classics was greeted with great acclaim on its release last year:


"From the opening 'Preludio' and exacting demands of No 2, we gather that Gerstein is no mere showman, but a storyteller who, even at the height of Liszt's ferocious challenges, lets the music breathe, controlling its ebb and flow with enormous skill."
Editor's Choice, Gramophone, November 2016


"gripping, intricately fascinating and uniquely poetic."
Sunday Times, July 2016 


Following the recital in Brussels, Gerstein then continues to Liverpool and Vienna on 12 and 14 February, where he performs Bach 4 Duettos and Brahms Piano Sonata No.2 alongside the complete Transcendental Études.


Gerstein then finishes the month in the US, performing recitals at Princeton and Duke University, as well as joining the Hagen Quartet to perform Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor in Zankel Hall and at Duke University.

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Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in return to the New York Philharmonic

19 January 2017

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the New York Philharmonic this month for four concerts between 2 and 7 February 2017. Gerstein performs the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, which Gerstein has performed around the world to great acclaim, including an "iconoclastic, improvisatory and thrilling" (The Times) performance at the BBC Proms last year.


The concerts are conducted by Semyon Bychkov, with whom Gerstein performed in October 2016 as part of the conductor's Tchaikovsky project, Beloved Friend, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra:


"Bychkov has chosen the best pianist in the world for Tchaikovsky’s concertos, and from the moment Kirill Gerstein put his stamp on the passage-work of Concerto No 2 in G major it was clear that the work’s structural flaws would be more than compensated for by the incisive brilliance of the pianism."
Independent, October 2016 

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Cleveland Orchestra to perform Schoenberg & Gershwin

22 December 2016

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Cleveland Orchestra on 5 January 2017 to perform the unusual pairing of Schoenberg Piano Concerto Op.42 and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. The inspiration for the unusual programming is that the two composers were neighbours and regular tennis partners while living in Los Angeles.


Gerstein performed both pieces with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2014 to much critical acclaim:


“[Gerstein] was outgoing in the Schoenberg and brought a virtuoso sparkle to the Gershwin.”
Financial Times


“...The rhythmic subtlety and control of tone and voicing are exceptional, yet he can vamp with piano bar abandon. Time and again it felt improvised, whether in the confiding solo with horn, the cadenza leading to the ‘big tune’… or when he launched into the fast patter of repeated notes as if he’d just had the idea. Gone was over-dressed orchestral swagger or glossy, solo grand-standing; this was a riveting chamber dialogue which gathered the subversive momentum of an in-joke shared.”
BBC Music Magazine


Other upcoming performances this January include the Urtext edition of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Naples Philharmonic orchestras. Gerstein has regularly performed this version of the concerto since recording it with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. His performance of the concerto at the BBC Proms in 2016 was met with great critical acclaim:


"There's no doubting Gerstein’s commitment to it or the intensity of his performance – sensitive yet driven, and displaying his pianism at its finest throughout."
Guardian

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Kirill Gerstein joins Thomas Adès for duo recital at Fondation Louis Vuitton

28 November 2016

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Kirill Gerstein joins Thomas Adès in Paris on 12 December 2016 for a recital at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, performing a programme for two pianos. The programme features Debussy En blanc et noir and Lindaraja, Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms (transcription for two piano by D. Shostakovich), Lutosławski Variations on a Theme of Paganini (for two pianos), Thomas Adès Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face for two pianos and Ravel La valse (for two pianos). The recital will be broadcast live on Radio Classique and streamed live on Medici.


Earlier in the month, Gerstein also joins the Lucerne Symphnoy Orchestra and James Gaffigan on 7 and 8 December to perform Busoni Romanza e Scherzoso and R. Strauss Burleske in D minor. He begins 2017 with two performances with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Baldur Brönnimann conducts Basel Sinfonietta & Kirill Gerstein at Mozarteum Salzburg

19 November 2016

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Baldur Brönnimann is joined by Kirill Gerstien for a performance at the Dialogues Festival at Mozarteum Salzburg on 3 December 2016 with the Basel Sinfonietta.


The contemporary music festival focuses on the work of Wolfgang Rihm, and Brönnimann conducts a programme featuring the composer's Sotto voce and Sotto voce 2. Gerstein joins Brönnimann and the orchestra to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.19 and Busoni Nocturne symphonique.

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Kirill Gerstein steps in for a concert with Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov

10 November 2016

Kirill Gerstein steps in to replace Katia and Marielle Labèque for a concert in Liberec with the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov on 10 November 2016. Together they perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 (Urtext).


Gerstein and Bychkov recently performed Tchaikovsky’s Second and Third Piano Concertos together in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra:


"...the interplay between the growling, moody orchestra and the pianist Kirill Gerstein’s dextrous fingerwork was an inspired combination.”
The Times


"Bychkov has chosen the best pianist in the world for Tchaikovsky’s concertos." Independent


Gerstein’s recording of the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto, released in 2015, received an ECHO Klassik Prize and was described in the Observer as “the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive”. His performance at the BBC Proms in August 2016 was highly praised:


“Technically flawless and imbued with benign authority, his performance was studded with moments of unexpected beauty; one seldom sees an audience erupt with such spontaneous delight."
Independent


Click here to listen to an extract of Kirill Gerstein performing the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano concerto.

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Kirill Gerstein returns to Leipzig Gewandhausorchester

20 October 2016

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Kirill Gerstein begins November with a return to the Leizpig Gewandhausorchester, joining the orchestra for three concerts on 3, 4 and 6 November 2016. Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 (Urtext version) under Jakub Hrůša, a concerto of which he gave an "iconoclastic, improvisatory and thrilling" (Times) performance at the BBC Proms in August.


Gerstein made a stellar debut with the orchestra in September 2014 with a performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2:


“Gloriously free and unfazed by technical difficulties, he made the piano sing. Contrary to the cliché, he didn’t thrash the keyboard, but made the even the densest chords and cascades radiate. Not one detail seemed trivial, every phrase was shaped… The concerto that we’ve heard so many times before gained new life.” Leipziger Volkszeitun


While in Leipzig Gerstein performs at Klassik Underground in the Moritzbastei club, performing Brahms Horn Trio and a selection of the Liszt Transcendental Études.

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Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky No.1 on return to the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

13 October 2016

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 October 2016, performing the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 conducted by Thomas Sanderling.


Gerstein’s recording and performances of this concerto have received universal praise. At the BBC Proms in August 2016 the Guardian wrote: "There's no doubting Gerstein’s commitment to it or the intensity of his performance – sensitive yet driven, and displaying his pianism at its finest throughout.” His recording with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and James Gaffigan, released in 2015, received an ECHO Klassik Prize and was described in the Observer as “the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive.”

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Kirill Gerstein performs at the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Barbican's Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project

05 October 2016

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Kirill Gerstein joins Semyon Bychkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for two concerts at London's Barbican Centre on 19 and 24 October 2016 exploring the music of Tchaikovsky, part of the Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project. On 19 October they perform the composer’s Second Piano Concerto, and on 24 October, the unfinished Third Piano Concerto.


Gerstein is a noted interpreter of Tchaikovsky, giving a critically acclaimed performance of the urtext version of the composer's Piano Concerto No.1 at this year's BBC Proms:


"Iconoclastic, improvisatory and thrilling... the spirit of invention that he brings to the keyboard is intoxicating."
Times


"There's no doubting Gerstein’s commitment to it or the intensity of his performance – sensitive yet driven, and displaying his pianism at its finest throughout."
Guardian


"The “con fuoco” marking of the finale was taken at its word, with Gerstein throwing petrol on the flames of his bravura passages."
Observer 

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Kirill Gerstein & Giancarlo Guerrero return to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

18 September 2016

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Kirill Gerstein and Giancarlo Guerrero return to Berlin on 2 October 2016 to join the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for a performance of Scriabin Piano Concerto. The programme opens with Ginastera Estancia and closes with Mahler Symphony No. 1.


When Guerrero conducted Estancia with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonic in April 2016, the Badische Neueste Nachrichten wrote: “…along with the flexibly reacting orchestra, he proves himself to be a master of rhythmic variability. … Even at full tilt, the delicacies of the music come into effect. Time and again, he and his musicians surprise with delicate nuances."


Guerrero returns to Europe having recently extended his tenure as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony to 2025.

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Kirill Gerstein performs Rachmaninov in Helsinki

14 September 2016

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Kirill Gerstein joins Susanna Mälkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic for two performances this month, playing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 at Helsinki Music Center on 28 and 29 September 2016.


When Gerstein and Mälkki performed together in 2015 with the New York Philharmonic, the New York Times wrote: “In the Brahms concerto, all the dark, turbulent, Romantic fervor of the music came through. Yet, that Ms. Malkki and Mr. Gerstein play so much contemporary music seemed crucial to their take on this youthful Brahms masterpiece. They were alert to every experimental turn and pungent harmonic twist.”


Prior to this Gerstein performs Strauss Burleske with the Hamburger Symphoniker and Jeffrey Tate on 18 September, while he begins October with a performance of Scriabin Piano Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Giancarlo Guerrero at the Berlin Philharmonie.

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"Iconoclastic, improvisatory and thrilling": Kirill Gerstein makes triumphant return to BBC Proms

09 August 2016

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Kirill Gerstein’s performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms on 7 August 2016 has been greeted with great critical acclaim. Gerstein performed the 1879 ‘urtext’ version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, based on the score from which the composer himself conducted. Gerstein spoke to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme about this original version - click here to listen.


Gerstein made the world-premiere recording of the 1879 version in 2015. His performance at the Proms was the modern-day UK premiere of the version and garnered uniformly glowing praise:


“Kirill Gerstein delivered the 1879 revised version of the first – whose every bar reflects Tchaikovsky’s inspiration at white heat – like the warrior-poet he is. Technically flawless and imbued with benign authority, his performance was studded with moments of unexpected beauty; one seldom sees an audience erupt with such spontaneous delight.”
Independent


“... there’s no doubting Gerstein’s commitment to it or the intensity of his performance – sensitive yet driven, and displaying his pianism at its finest throughout.”
Guardian


“Following this came Kirill Gerstein’s reading of the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto — iconoclastic, improvisatory and thrilling. Madcap accelerandi tumbled dangerously, and did again in Gerstein’s encore of Liszt’s Transcendental Étude Eroica, but the spirit of invention that he brings to the keyboard is intoxicating and the sweet lilt of the andantino semplice, pinned to the BBCSSO’s elegant doublebass section, was beguiling.”
Times


“The “con fuoco” marking of the finale was taken at its word, with Gerstein throwing petrol on the flames of his bravura passages.”
Observer 


“Gerstein’s playing was characterised by variety of touch and intelligent use of pedals. Control was all and – coupled with Dausgaard’s exemplary accompaniment – this was an affecting performance and allowed us to examine the piece anew. The first-movement cadenza was full of fantasy; the rather fast-paced central Andantino semplice revealed Gerstein’s fleet fingers at its midpoint and a superb cello solo from Martin Storey. The tempo for the Finale was perfectly chosen. A stimulating rendition.”
Classical Source


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Kirill Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky at the BBC Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

24 July 2016

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the BBC Proms on 7 August 2016 to join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its Designate Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard for the first modern-day performance in the UK of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in the original 1879 ‘urtext’ version.


Gerstein has been the first to perform and record this new Urtext edition of the concerto, which he describes as “closer to Schumann’s spirit than to the traditional Soviet bombast.”


Gerstein’s recording of the concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and James Gaffigan received an ECHO Klassik Award and was also nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award:


“In a piece that can seem like a high-octane exercise in who can play faster and louder, Gerstein and Gaffigan turn in a performance that is refreshingly lyrical and unrushed”
Washington Post


“This is the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive.”
Observer


“Gerstein brings poetry, balletic grace and an infinitely wide range of timbres.”
BBC Music Magazine


“It sounds lighter and fresher than any recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 before.”
BR Klassik


On 20 August, Gerstein returns to the UK where he will performing the original and uncut version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 with Semyon Bychkov and the Britten Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh at the Snape Proms.

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Kirill Gerstein's Transcendental Études released on Myrios Classics

15 July 2016

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Kirill Gerstein’s recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Études will be released on 15 July 2016, his third solo disc for Myrios Classics.


Kirill Gerstein said of the 12 Études:


“Transcendental is a keyword to interpreting Liszt’s monumental cycle, as it relates to the numerous ways in which Liszt goes beyond the usual. The 12 immensely challenging pieces that make up the cycle go beyond the mere traditional pedagogical function of an etude, transcending the boundaries of mid-19th century piano writing. Nearly every technical device in piano compositions since Liszt was invented by him or is an elaboration of a seed planted in his works. These piano textures were invented in the decades that he was busy with the Transcendental Études. Most of the études, in title and content, go beyond the normal reality and depict the ghostly, visionary and the impressionistic. The musical impressionism, the depictions of the worlds beyond everyday life and the physical challenges make the cycle into one of the towering mountain peaks of piano literature.”


Inspired by Ferrucio Busoni’s statement, “Bach is the alpha and Liszt is the omega of piano playing”, last year Gerstein presented Liszt’s cycle at both Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall alongside works by Bach and Bartók.


“The young Russian-American pianist tackled this staggeringly virtuosic work from memory. His technique and intellectual grasp are phenomenal”
Observer


“[Gerstein] ended with a dazzling performance of Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Études, some of the most difficult music ever written for the piano... The audience seemed stunned, deliriously so...”
New York Times


Last year, Myrios Classics released Kirill Gerstein’s world première recording of the urtext edition of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. The recording won an ECHO Klassik award and was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine award. Gerstein performs 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 August. He then joins Semyon Bychkov and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project when he performs Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 on 19 and 24 October.

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Kirill Gerstein joins Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Bravo! Vail

30 June 2016

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Kirill Gerstien joins the Philadelphia Orchestra and their Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin for a performance of Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Bravo! Vail Festival on 14 July 2016.


Gerstein, the Philhadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin have performed this work together before, in Philadelphia in January 2015:


“Kirill Gerstein despatched the solo part with a sensational combination of brilliance, delicacy when that was called for, and sheer power.” and Philly.com wrote “He played every note with great power in reserve, and as if each finger had an individual brain (a description often used for great Mozart playing)... So you enjoyed the music's surface, but wondered, more than ever, what it's really saying. No performance I've heard gave the slow movement such emotional dimension.”
Seen and Heard International

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Kirill Gerstein makes Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Semyon Bychkov

31 March 2016

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Kirill Gerstein makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker this month, joining the orchestra for three concerts on 14, 15 and 16 April 2016. Gerstein performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 under the baton of Semyon Bychkov.


Gerstein and Bychokov have previously performed the concerto together to great critical acclaim, first with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester in 2014 and also with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in January this year:


“Gloriously free and unfazed by technical difficulties, he made the piano sing. Contrary to the cliché, he didn’t thrash the keyboard, but made the even the densest chords and cascades radiate. Not one detail seemed trivial, every phrase was shaped… The concerto that we’ve heard so many times before gained new life.”
Leipziger Volkszeitung, September 2014


"Kirill Gerstein made his Royal Concertgebouw debut with a convincing performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Gerstein made the Rachmaninoff bloom with beautifully drawn phrases…"
NRC Handelsblad, January 2016
 

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Kirill Gerstein appears in recital at 92nd St Y

23 March 2016

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Kirill Gerstein appears in recital on 6 April 2016 at the 92nd Street Y in New York, where he performs works by Beethoven, Alexander Goehr and Liszt. The programme juxtaposes the structured Sonata form and the freer Fantasia.


The programme includes Alexander Goehr Variations (Homage a Haydn), which was commissioned by Gerstein with assistance from his 2010 Gilmore Artist Award.

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the UK with the Hallé

03 March 2016

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Kirill Gerstein makes a return to the UK this month, performing Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and Liszt Totentanz with the Hallé orchestra and Markus Stenz in two concerts on 17 and 18 March. The concert on 17 March will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Gerstein performed the Concerto for the Left Hand with the Houston Symphony orchestra in December 2015. Click here to read the interview that he gave to the orchestra’s magazine.

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Czech Philharmonic for European tour

03 February 2016

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Czech Philharmonic alongside Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Jiří Bělohlávek for concerts in Prague and a European tour from 17 February 2016. In Prague, Gerstein performs Ravel Piano Concerto in G major and Piano Concerto for the Left Hand on 17, 18 and 19 February.  He then joins the orchestra and Bělohlávek on tour, performing the Urtext edition of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in Zagreb (27 February), Turin (29 February), Vienna (2 March) and Nurnberg (3 March).


Gerstein's recording of the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 won the ECHO Klassik Award in 2015 and has also recently been nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards in the Concerto category. BBC Music Magazine said of the recording: 


"Perhaps the most striking aspect of Gerstein’s interpretation is his ability to make the piano writing sound much lighter and more transparent than usual… Instead of the conventional barnstorming bravura, Gerstein brings poetry, balletic grace and an infinitely wide range of timbres. Yet in no sense does the performance seem understated.”

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Kirill Gerstein performs Rachmaninov in Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra debut

14 January 2016

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Kirill Gerstein make his debut appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra this month, performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in Amsterdam on 28 January and in Frankfurt on 4 February 2016. The concerts are conducted by Semyon Bychkov.


Gerstein and Bychov performed the concerto together with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in September 2014, when the Leipziger Volkszeitung wrote:


“Gloriously free and unfazed by technical difficulties, [Gerstein] made the piano sing. Contrary to the cliché, he didn’t thrash the keyboard, but made the even the densest chords and cascades radiate. Not one detail seemed trivial, every phrase was shaped… The concerto that we’ve heard so many times before gained new life.”

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Kirill Gerstein, Pavel Haas Quartet and Marek Janowski nominated for BBC Music Magazine Awards

08 January 2016

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Kirill Gerstein, the Pavel Haas Quartet and Marek Janowski have all been nominated for BBC Music Magazine Awards this year.


Kirill Gerstein’s world première recording of the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 is nominated in the Concerto category. Released in February 2015 by Myrios Classics to mark the composer’s 175th anniversary, the disc received the ECHO Klassik prize and was the BBC Music Magazine's Concerto Choice for February 2015. The magazine wrote:


“Perhaps the most striking aspect of Gerstein’s interpretation is his ability to make the piano writing sound much lighter and more transparent than usual... Instead of the conventional barnstorming bravura, Gerstein brings poetry, balletic grace and an infinitely wide range of timbres. Yet in no sense does the performance seem understated.”


The Pavel Haas Quartet’s nomination in the Chamber Music section for their recording of Smetana’s String Quartets is further recognition of the universal acclaim it has gathered since its release. In August 2015 the recording was awarded the ‘Best Chamber Music Recording’ prize at the 2015 Gramophone Awards. In a five star review, BBC Music Magazine praised the quartet for their "definite performances in which nothing is taken for granted". 


Marek Janowski and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra’s recording of two of Richard Strauss’s less often performed works, Symphonia Domestica and Die Tageszeiten is nominated in the Orchestral Category.


Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, it was described as featuring “wonderful playing that really captures the intimacy of Strauss writing, as does the recording”. The Telegraph praised the “exceptional performances from the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Marek Janowski”, and BBC Music Magazine wrote:


“There are revelations aplenty in this pairing of Strauss’s often overlooked Symphonia Domestica with the virtually unknown Die Tageszeiten. Janowski’s fresh approach brings out the detail and the drama of the Symphonia, while the Berlin Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra are in sublime form for the gorgeous Die Tageszeiten.”


Click here to vote - voting closes on 19 February.

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Kirill Gerstein performs Rachmaninov, Schumann and Ravel in America

24 December 2015

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Following successful concerts in the US with the Chicago Symphony and Riccardo Muti and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cristian Măcelaru in December, Kirill Gerstein returns to North America for further concerts in January 2016 to perform a diverse programme of concerti.


From 7 January, Gerstein joins the Dallas Symphony for four concerts, performing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Long Yu. When Gerstein performed this concerto in New Zealand in August 2015 the New Zealand Herald wrote:


“Gerstein asserted himself as a top-rank virtuoso early on, with his first flurry of passagework. This was far from empty, brilliant fingerwork, however. The spirit of Bach was in these notes, as the Russian wove Rachmaninov's mercurial toccata through the orchestral sparkle.”


Gerstein then travels to Cincinnati, where he performs Schumann Piano Concerto with Cincinnati Symphony and Music Director Louis Langrée on 14 and 16 January. Gerstein and the Cincinnati Symphony last performed together in November 2013, when they played Gerswhin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel’s jazz-infused Concerto for the Left Hand:


“[Gerstein] projected singing tone and beautiful sonorities, and brought character to Ravel’s wonderful melodies”
Cincinnati Enquirer


Gerstein ends this period in the US with three concerts with the Houston Symphony on 22, 23 and 24 January. He joins the orchestra and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada to perform Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand.

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Kirill Gerstein returns to Los Angeles Philharmonic to play Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2

04 December 2015

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic on 18 December 2015 to perform Rachmaninov's second piano concerto in three concerts under the baton of Cristian Macelaru.


Click here to watch an extract of Gerstein performing the concerto with the Leipzig gewandhaus Orchester. The Leipziger Volkszeitung described the performance as “Gloriously free and unfazed by technical difficulties, [Gerstein] made the piano sing. Contrary to the cliché, he didn’t thrash the keyboard, but made the even the densest chords and cascades radiate. Not one detail seemed trivial, every phrase was shaped… The concerto that we’ve heard so many times before gained new life.”


Gerstein also performs this concerto on tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in January and February 2016, and with the Berlin Philharmonic in April 2016.

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Kirill Gerstein joins Chicago Symphony Orchestra for three concerts with Riccardo Muti

19 November 2015

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Kirill Gerstein returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for three concerts with Riccardo Muti on 3, 4 and 5 December 2015. Gerstein joins the orchestra to perform Scriabin Prometheus, and the programme also features performances of Prokofiev Symphony No.1 and Beethoven Corolian Overture and Symphony No.8.


Gerstein performed the same work with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the opening concert of the Edinburgh Festival in 2014. The Guardian wrote that "Kirill Gerstein provided long, smouldering passages that sparked deftly and didn't let the flames ignite too soon".


Click here to read an interview with Kirill Gerstein about Scriabin.

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Kirill Gerstein performs Gershwin with Toronto Symphony

17 September 2015

Kirill Gerstein performs Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Toronto Symphony and James Gaffigan on 1 and 3 October 2015.


When Gerstein performed with the orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero in 2013, John Terauds wrote in the Toronto Star:


“To twist a cliché, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and guest pianist Kirill Gerstein taught an early-evening audience on Wednesday that you can teach an old warhorse new tricks.


“The crowd at Roy Thomson Hall rose boisterously to its feet as the Russian-born pianist finished playing Peter Ilytch Tchaikovsky’s perennially popular Piano Concerto No. 1 because he managed to augment this big, three-movement showpiece from 1875 with a breath of fresh lyricism to go with the keyboard fireworks.”

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Kirill Gerstein returns to Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

10 September 2015

Kirill Gerstein returns to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony for for two concerts on 24 and 25 September 2015, conducted by Edward Gardner. Both concerts include Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, while Gerstein also performs Lutosławski Variations on a Theme of Paganini on 25 September.


Gerstein and Gardner have worked together previously, notably with the Philharmonia in 2013 and the Houston Symphony in 2012, when Gerstein performed all four of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos as part of the orchestra’s RachFest. The Houston Chronicle commented of their performance of the third concerto: “in tandem with the astute leadership of guest conductor Edward Gardner, Gerstein scored a knockout.”

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Kirill Gerstein awarded ECHO Klassik prize for recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto

24 August 2015

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It was announced today that Kirill Gerstein’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto has been awarded the Concerto Recording of the Year prize by Echo Klassik. Recorded with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and James Gaffigan, the recording also features Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto.


The ECHO Klassik is Germany's major annual classical music award and previous winners include Daniel Barenboim, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Igor Levit, Renée Fleming and more, and this year’s winner include Elīna Garanča, Jonas Kaufmann, Riccardo Chailly, Lang Lang and Joyce DiDonato.


Kirill Gerstein commented: “When I first heard of the research by the Tchaikovsky archive in Klin into the urtext version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, I knew that this was a project I wanted to be involved in. Since then, it has been my mission to draw attention to the version of this concerto that Tchaikovsky himself conducted. I am honored and thrilled by the recognition awarded our recording by the ECHO Klassik Prize.”


Gerstein’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is the first to use the conductor’s own score - a lighter, “more Schumannesque” version of the concerto than the posthumous third edition which was not authorised by the composer The recording attracted extensive acclaim:


“…this is a performance of such refinement, strength and commitment… The work, beautifully accompanied by all, takes on new, limpid colours…. This is the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive.”
Observer, four stars, March 2015


“It sounds lighter and fresher than any recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 before.”
BR Klassik, February 2015


This season Gerstein will perform the concerto on several occasions in its Urtext edition including with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski in Verona, on tour with the Czech Philharmonic and Jiří Bělohlávek.


The awards will be presented at Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday 18 October, and will be broadcasted the same evening on ZDF.

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Kirill Gerstein returns to London Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert in Verona

23 August 2015

Kirill Gerstein performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on tour on 6 September 2015 at the Teatro Filarmonica, Verona. Gerstein performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto (Urtext Version) with the orchestra’s Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski.


When Gerstein performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the orchestra in February 2014, Arts Desk commented that “wit and wiliness [took] the old variation form to great heights of ingenuity, soloist and orchestra conspiring to surprise and amaze in equal measure.”


Gerstein's recording of the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, released earlier this year, has attracted extensive critical acclaim:


“The performances are dazzling. The playing by Gerstein and the Deutches Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan is precise and musical”
Audiophile Audition, July 2015


“Gerstein has a wonderfully natural, musical sound at the piano. His phrases are beautifully, wrought, textures are a model of clarity and nothing ever sounds forced”
Washington Post, June 2015

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Kirill Gerstein performs in New Zealand and Australia

Kirill Gerstein travels to Australasia this August, where he performs with the Auckland Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony.


Kirill performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the Auckland Philharmonic on 6 August, conducted by Fabien Gabel.


He then travels to Sydney to give three concerts with the Sydney Symphony and James Gaffigan on 12, 14 and 15 August. The programme for the concerts includes Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Following this he gives a recital at City Recital Hall, Sydney with a programme of Bartok, Bach and Liszt. Earlier this year Gerstein performed this programme at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. The Observer wrote of Gerstein’s performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Études that “The young Russian-American pianist tackled this staggeringly virtuosic work from memory. His technique and intellectual grasp are phenomenal.”


On 20, 21 and 22 August Gerstein performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis at Hamer Hall, Melbourne.

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Kirill Gerstein: recital and chamber music concerts at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

05 July 2015

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Kirill Gerstein travels to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival this month, where he gives five performances from 19 July 2015. On 19 and 20 July, Gerstein performs a programme that includes Mozart's Quintet in E-flat major K452, Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A minor, Goehr Variations "Homage to Haydn", plus Rossini's Duo in D major for Cello & Double Bass. Gerstein will perform alongside fellow Intermusica artist Benjamin Beilman (violin), Kristen Bruya (double bass), Robert Ingliss (oboe), Joseph Johnson (cello), Todd Levy (clarinet), Jon Kimura Parker (piano), Ted Soluri (bassoon), Scott Temple (horn), and Ronald Thomas (piano).


On 23 July Gerstein performs Liszt's Transcendental Études in recital, and on 26 and 27 July he performs Franck's Piano Quintet. The programme is completed with Brahms' Clarinet Quintet op.115 and Haydn's String Quartet, performed by the Miró Quartet, Benjamin Beilman, Todd Levy, Martin Beaver (violin), Lily Francis (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello).

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Kirill Gerstein performs with Boston Symphony Orchestra at Opening Night of Tanglewood

19 June 2015

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Kirill Gerstein joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jacques Lacombe for an all-American programme at the opening night of Tanglewood on 3 July 2015. Gerstein performs Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F and the programme is completed with works by Harbison, Ellington, and Copland's Lincoln Portrait narrated by Jessye Norman.

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Kirill Gerstein: concerts with Czech Philharmonic & St Petersburg Philharmonia

03 June 2015

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Kirill Gerstein joins the Czech Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek to perform Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue on 17 June 2015. The free concert, the last of the orchestra’s season, also features works by Smetana, Copland and a selection of Roma songs performed by the Children's Choir Čhavorenge.


On June 25 Gerstein travels to St Petersburg to perform Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 with the St Petersburg Philharmonia and Michail Jurowski. Gerstein recorded the concerto for his most recent Myrios classics disc, which also featured the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. Gramophone praised Gerstein’s “effortless negotiation of the finale’s extensive motoric passages [and] his forceful projection and colourful nuance in the thick first-movement cadenza”.

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Kirill Gerstein steps in for four concerts with the New York Philharmonic

06 May 2015

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Kirill Gerstein performs Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with the New York Philharmonic this month in four concerts conducted by Susanna Mälkki. He replaces an injured Jonathan Biss. The concerts on 21, 22 and 23 May also include Brahms Variation on a Theme by Haydn and Jonathan Harvey Tranquil Abiding. The programme for the matinee performance on 23 May also includes Dvořák’s String Quintet in E-flat major.


Gerstein made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2011, and performed with the orchestra again in 2013 when he performed Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Semyon Bychkov.


There will be an Open Rehearsal on Thursday 21 May.

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Kirill Gerstein: performances at Tchaikovsky International Music Festival, Wigmore Hall & Stavanger

19 April 2015

Kirill Gerstein begins a busy month with an appearance on 3 May 2015 at the Tchaikovsky International Music Festival in Klin, Russia. Gerstein will perform the Urtext version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, a piece that he recently recorded to great acclaim:


“This is the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive.”
Observer, March 2015


The Urtext edition of the first Piano Concerto will be published this year by the Tchaikovsky Museum in Klin, tying in with Tchaikovsky’s 175th anniversary and marking 140 years since the concerto’s world première in Boston, in 1875.


Gerstein then returns to London for a recital at Wigmore Hall on 14 May, where he will perform Bartok Selections from Mikrokosmos, Bach Three Part Inventions and Liszt Transcendental Etudes, the same programme that he played at Carnegie Hall in March. The New York Times commented that “The readings throughout were lovely, with elegant lines and a warm touch. From the start of the “Transcendental Études…it was clear that Mr. Gerstein’s technique would stand up to Liszt’s most devilish challenges.”


Finally, Gerstein travels to Norway where he performs Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue on 28 and 29 May with Stavanger Symfonieorkester and chief conductor Christian Vasquez at Stavanger Konserthus.

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Giancarlo Guerrero & Kirill Gerstein perform all-American programme in Amsterdam

10 April 2015

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Giancarlo Guerrero and Kirill Gerstein join forces for a concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra on 24 April. The all-American programme includes R. Sierra Fandangos, Copland Quiet City and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.


Gerstein’s performance of Rhapsody in Blue with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in November was greeted with wide acclaim, with BBC Music Magazine commenting that


“It’s certainly hard not to be aware of a creative mind interrogating the score as he performs, absorbing and transforming it into apparently spontaneous expression. The rhythmic subtlety and control of tone and voicing are exceptional, yet he can vamp with piano bar abandon... this was a riveting chamber dialogue which gathered the subversive momentum of an in-joke shared.”

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“Serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive”: Kirill Gerstein’s Tchaikovsky reviewed

18 March 2015

February saw the release of Kirill Gerstein’s first concerto disc featuring the world premiere recording of the 1879 version of‪‎ Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 alongside ‪Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2.


The recording with the DSO-Berlin and James Gaffigan has attracted critical acclaim, being selected as ‘Concerto Choice’ by BBC Music Magazine. Kirill’s performance was described in the Observer as “the kind of serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making that keeps classical music alive.”


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“Perhaps the most striking aspect of Gerstein’s interpretation is his ability to make the piano writing sound much lighter and more transparent than usual.”
BBC Music Magazine, ‘Concerto Choice’, February 2015 


“Less warhorse, more Schumannesque… The lighter sound is partly thanks to the new edition and partly to pianist Kirill Gerstein’s approach, taking his lead from the more poetic opening to the Concerto, with the DSO Berlin and James Gaffigan matching the elegance of Gerstein’s approach”
CD Review, BBC Radio 3, February 2015 


"It sounds lighter and fresher than any previous recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1."
BR Klassik, February 2015 


“The skill of this Russian-born American is triumphantly shown in the slow movement, bathed in a beautifully dreamlike atmosphere.”
Times, February 2015 


Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, perhaps one of the most recognisable pieces in the classical repertoire, was published in three versions. The composer himself was responsible for the first two, but the third was published posthumously after 1894. Read Kirill Gerstein’s article about the concerto and the differences from the more commonly heard third version on the New York Review of Books website.

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Kirill Gerstein: world premiere recording of new edition of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1

26 January 2015

Kirill Gerstein’s first orchestral recording, to be released by myrios classics on 9 February, marks the world premiere recording of the 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s first Piano Concerto. Based on Tchaikovsky’s own conducting score from his last public concert, the new critical Urtext edition will be published in 2015 by the Tchaikovsky Museum in Klin, tying in with Tchaikovsky’s 175th anniversary and marking 140 years since the concerto’s world première in Boston in 1875.


Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, Op.23 exists in three versions. This recording is of the second version, published in 1879 after Tchaikovsky had made some small practical adjustments to the piano part following the premiere.


Gerstein says: “Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto is one of the most famous pieces in classical music. Surprisingly, the edited version of the concerto that has prevailed in the last hundred years of performances is one that Tchaikovsky neither approved nor conducted himself.”


Tchaikovsky died within days of the performance, and the third version of the Concerto was published a year after his death. According to Gerstein, it “contains a number of editorial changes that differ from the text of Tchaikovsky’s own score, were not authorized by him and made posthumously.”


For this world premiere recording, on which Tchaikovsky’s first Piano Concerto is paired with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16, Gerstein is joined by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by James Gaffigan. The chequered history of Prokofiev’s second Piano Concerto also resulted in a second version. As Kirill explains, “composed in 1913, Prokofiev left the original manuscript of the second Concerto in Russia and during one of the cold winters during the tumultuous period of the Russian revolution the score was used by his neighbours for heating the stove. He reconstructed and revised the composition premiering the second version of the concerto in Paris in 1924.”

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein joins Intermusica

08 December 2014

Intermusica is pleased to announce that distinguished and versatile pianist Kirill Gerstein will join Intermusica for European management, as well as for China and the Far East. Gerstein’s formidable technique, discerning intelligence and musical curiosity has led him to explore a range of repertoire spanning several centuries and styles – from Bach to Adès.


Gerstein was awarded the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2010. He was the sixth recipient of the award, which is presented every four years to an exceptional pianist of any age or nationality and recognises extraordinary artistry.


Orchestral highlights of the 2014/15 season include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra where Gerstein will perform Thomas Adès’s In Seven Days, under the baton of the composer. The orchestras with which Gerstein is working and to which he is returning include the Czech Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zurich Tonhalle. He has also performed with NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Caracas with Gustavo Dudamel. In North America, his engagements include performances with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Cleveland Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony.


Gerstein records for Myrios Classics, and his most recent recording is the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 and Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 with DSO Berlin (for release in February 2015). His first solo recording, with works by Schumann, Liszt and Oliver Knussen, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best recordings of 2010. This was followed by a solo recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann’s Carnaval.


Kirill Gerstein performed Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov at the Musikverein (22 and 23 November) and Vienna Konzerthaus (25 November).


“With Kirill Gerstein everything just worked. Seemingly endless sparkling runs, magical nuances (delicate Andante!). The apparent lightness with which pianist Gerstein countered the ensemble was admirable. It was a truly humorous interpretation.”
Wiener Zeitung, November 2014


In December and January Kirill Gerstein will perform with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre and Semyon Bychkov, the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and James Gaffigan, and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Intermusica represents Kirill Gerstein in Europe, the UK, Australia and the Far East

Jessica Ford
Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9925
jford@intermusica.co.uk

Victoria Ford
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9926
victoriaford@intermusica.co.uk

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