Kirill Gerstein – Piano
Russian-born Kirill Gerstein, today an American citizen, divides his time between the USA and Germany where he is Professor of Piano at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. He studied jazz piano at Boston’s Berklee Music School from age 14, later turning to classical piano under Solomon Mikowsky and Dmitri Bashkirov. Prestigious awards followed, including first prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition (2001), Gilmore Young Artist Awards (2002, 2010), and an Avery Fisher Career grant (2010). In 2015 he released his first orchestral recording (Myrios Classics label) playing Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky concertos in original unpublished versions marking Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday anniversary, and appeared in concerts with James Gaffigan, Vladimir Jurovsky and Jiři Bělohlàvek. This season Gerstein made his debut with the Concertgebouw and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras under Semyon Bychkov, and performed in the USA with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia, and Cincinatti Symphony orchestras under leading conductors.