Kirill Gerstein, winner of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award and of lavish praise for his most recent solo recording, launches the New Year with high-profile concerto performances across Europe and the US. He is currently in Baltimore, where, on January 23, he will give his second performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first piano concerto with the Baltimore Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop. For the remainder of the first half of this year, he has several other significant engagements scheduled in the United States and Canada.
On January 28–30 the pianist teams up with one of his key collaborators, conductor Semyon Bychkov, to perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto for next week’s subscription concerts by the St. Louis Symphony. On February 4–5 Gerstein will continue his pursuit of the Rachmaninoff repertoire, performing the Opus 43 Paganini rhapsody with conductor Larry Rachleff for that week’s subscription concerts by the Columbus Symphony in Ohio. On March 11–12 he will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s first piano concerto in New Orleans for the subscription concerts of the Louisiana Philharmonic under Klauspeter Seibel. He then heads north to Kitchener, Ontario, where he will give the subscription concerts of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra under Edwin Outwater on April 1–3, performing Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto. He will perform this concerto again with the Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero at their April 7–9 subscription concerts. The following week he returns to the Beethoven first with Gilbert Varga conducting the April 15–16 concerts of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. This will be followed by a solo recital in San Diego on April 30. On May 7 Gerstein shares the stage with the Tokyo String Quartet for an all-Beethoven program at New York’s 92nd Street Y, at which he will perform the composer’s C minor sonata, Opus 111, and the Opus 119 set of bagatelles.
Those unable to catch up with Gerstein on his touring schedule can still enjoy his recent solo album, released early in November by Myrios Classics. This features the debut recording of contemporary British composer Oliver Knussen’s “Ophelia’s Last Dance,” which Gerstein premiered at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in May 2010. The album also includes the five-movement Opus 20 Humoreske of Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt’s B minor piano sonata.
Further information may be found on the Calendar page of Gerstein’s Web site.