With a masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and musical curiosity that have
led him to explore repertoire that spans centuries, Kirill Gerstein has proven to be one of
today's most intriguing and versatile musicians. He is the recipient of the 2010 Gilmore
Artist Award and received the first prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano
Master Competition in Tel Aviv.
Mr. Gerstein tours extensively as a recitalist, concert soloist, and chamber musician.
Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra,
Nashville Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, among others.
Internationally, Mr. Gerstein performs with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London's
Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre
Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and São Paulo Symphony
His recordings for Myrios Classics include two recital albums: Imaginary
Pictures, which pairs Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with Schumann's
Carnaval, and an album of works by Schumann, Liszt, and Oliver Knussen. Mr.
Gerstein has also collaborated with violist Tabea Zimmermann on recordings of sonatas for
viola and piano. His next album, to be released in March, features the world-premiere
recording of a new scholarly urtext edition of Tchaikovsky's second version of his
Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Deutsches
Born in Russia, Mr. Gerstein studied piano at a special music school for gifted children
and taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents' extensive record collection.
He studied both classical and jazz formally after moving to the US at the age of 14-first
jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then classical piano at the Manhattan
School of Music where he completed both his bachelor's degree and his master's degree by
the age of 20.
In addition to being an artist-in-residence in the piano department at Berklee
College of Music, Mr. Gerstein is also a member of the piano faculty at The Boston
Conservatory in the first joint appointment between the two