2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein has quickly proven to be one of today’s most intriguing young musicians. His masterful technique, musical curiosity and probing interpretations have led to explorations of classical music and jazz, advanced degrees by the age of 20, a professorship in piano by the age of 27, and a full performance schedule at the world’s major music centers and festivals. Gerstein was the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2010.
His first recording for Myrios Classics of recital works by Schumann, Liszt and Oliver Knussen was released in October 2010, following by a duo recital disc with Tabea Zimmermann.
Born in Russia, Gerstein taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents’ extensive record collection. He came to the United States at fourteen to continue studying jazz piano – and classical piano repertoire – as the youngest student ever to attend the Berklee College of Music. After deciding to focus mainly on classical music, Gerstein moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music.
An American citizen since 2003, Gerstein is currently a professor of piano at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart.
Gerstein will conduct a Master Class on Tuesday, May 8 at 9:30 AM at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.