Pianist Kirill Gerstein is one of today's most intriguing and versatile musicians, with a
masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and a musical curiosity that has led him to
explore repertoire that spans centuries and a diverse range of styles. He is the recipient
of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award and received first prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein
International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv.
Highlights of Mr. Gerstein's US season include concerto performances with The Cleveland
Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, New Jersey, and San Diego
symphony orchestras. He also performs works by Busoni, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and
Schoenberg, among others. With the New York Philharmonic last month, he performed
Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto in the composer's own 1879 version of the score, marking
its New York premiere. In 2015, he won an ECHO Klassik award for his world-premiere
recording of this edition with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and in August
2016, he gave the US premiere with the Grant Park Orchestra. In recital this season, Mr.
Gerstein performs Liszt's complete Transcendental Etudes in Chicago, Seattle, and
Washington, DC. He last appeared at Zankel Hall in a performance of the entire cycle, along
with works by Bach and Bartók. His recent recording of Liszt's Transcendental
Etudes was released by Myrios Classics in September of last year.
Mr. Gerstein reunites with the Hagen Quartet in the Brahms Piano Quintet after a 2014
performance of the work in Austria. He has performed more recently with cellist Clemens
Hagen in a range of chamber repertoire, especially the works of Beethoven.
Born in Voronezh, Russia, Mr. Gerstein attended a music school for gifted children and
taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents' extensive record collection. He
came to the US at the age of 14 to attend Boston's Berklee College of Music and, after
completing his studies in three years, moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of
Music. An American citizen since 2003, Mr. Gerstein now divides his time between the US and