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Kirill Gerstein

Kirill Gerstein

Piano

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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Further Reading: Kirill Gerstein

 Interview, Kirill Gerstein on The Gershwin Moment

The pianist talks to Katherine about his new album, which includes the jazz-band version of Rhapsody in Blue, the Piano Concerto in F, and song transcriptions by Earl Wild.

 Recording of the Week, Vasily Petrenko conducts music by Scriabin

James listens to a stirring performance of music by Scriabin from Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic, released in October and chosen as one of our Top Ten Discs of the Year.

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