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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Thursday, February 20, 2020 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Kirill Gerstein by Marco Borggreve
Fiery Hungarian folk music, brilliant flights of fancy, and pianism on the grand scale are showcased by Kirill Gerstein, praised for his “blazing technique, [and] wonderful command of color and nuance” (The Wall Street Journal). Hear how Liszt and Brahms fashioned traditional Hungarian music into virtuoso showpieces, Kurtág explored new worlds of pianistic color, and more. For sheer excitement, there’s also Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy,” an energetic tour-de-force that soars with symphonic power.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos III: Keynotes

Performers

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Program

HAYDN Fantasia in C Major

BRAHMS Variations on a Hungarian Song, Op. 21, No. 2

GYÖRGY KURTÁG Selections from Játékok
·· "Hommage à Farkas Ferenc II (Scraps of a colinda melody—faintly recollected)"
·· "Hommage à Farkas Ferenc III (Evocation of Petrushka)"
·· "Hommage à Farkas Ferenc IV (Adoration, adoration, accursed desolation...)"
·· "Hommage à Schubert

SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 760, "Wanderer Fantasy"

LISZT Ungarischer Geschwindsmarsch

LISZT Mephisto-Polka

LISZT Csárdás obstiné, S. 225, No. 2

THOMAS ADÈS Berceuse from The Exterminating Angel (NY Premiere)

LISZT Piano Sonata in B Minor


Encores:

BACH/BUSONI Chorale Prelude on "Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, g'mein," BWV 734a

CHOPIN Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

This concert is made possible, in part, by The Gary C. and Ethel B. Thom Fund for Piano Performance and Education.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

Bios

Kirill Gerstein

Pianist Kirill Gerstein’s curiosity and versatility have led to a powerful engagement with a wide range of repertoire and styles. From Bach to Thomas Adès, his playing is distinguished by its virtuosity, clarity of expression, and discerning intelligence. Mr. Gerstein’s energetic  ...

Pianist Kirill Gerstein’s curiosity and versatility have led to a powerful engagement with a wide range of repertoire and styles. From Bach to Thomas Adès, his playing is distinguished by its virtuosity, clarity of expression, and discerning intelligence. Mr. Gerstein’s energetic and imaginative musical personality have rapidly taken him to the top of his profession.

Mr. Gerstein performs across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. An important focus of the 2018–2019 season was the world premiere of Mr. Adès’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, which was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and composed for Mr. Gerstein. This season, Mr. Gerstein and Mr. Adès present the work in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Cleveland with The Cleveland Orchestra and Alan Gilbert.

Additional highlights of the 2019–2020 season include returns to the Atlanta and Dallas symphony orchestras and the Houston and San Diego symphonies, as well as the launch of a two-year cycle of Rachmaninoff’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the Minnesota Orchestra. To mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, Mr. Gerstein opens Chicago’s Symphony Center Presents Piano series, which surveys the complete piano sonatas, and performs all five piano concertos with the Grand Rapids and San Antonio symphonies. He brings his recital program—which juxtaposes works by Mr. Adès, György Kurtág, and Bartók with works by Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, and Liszt—to Berlin’s Philharmonie and London’s Wigmore Hall. Mr. Gerstein also collaborates with the Hagen Quartet in Paris and Hungary.

Mr. Gerstein’s other North American engagements have included performances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has given recitals in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, Princeton, Durham, and Washington, DC. In Europe, Mr. Gerstein has played with such prominent orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Oslo Philharmonic. He has performed recitals in Vienna, Paris, Prague, and Hamburg, and at such renowned venues as London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Budapest’s Liszt Academy. Mr. Gerstein has also appeared at the Salzburg, Verbier, Lucerne, and Edinburgh festivals, as well as The Proms.

Mr. Gerstein has studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music, Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid, and Ferenc Rados in Budapest. He teaches at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and the Kronberg Academy’s Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists.

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