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Kirill Gerstein


The Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein was born in Voronezh in 1979 and had his first competition success at the tender age of 11, when he took first prize at the International Bach Competition in Poland. Following a chance meeting with vibraphonist Gary Burton backstage after a concert in St Petersburg when he was just 14, Gerstein (who had taught himself the rudiments of jazz by listening to old records as a child) went to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music; he subsequently spent time studying at the Manhattan School of Music, at Tanglewood, and in Budapest and Madrid.

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