2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein returns to the Festival with noted pianist Katherine Chi in a program of works for two pianos, concluding with Rachmaninoff’s monumental Symphonic Dances.
|Bach||“Three-part Mirror Fugue” from the Art of the Fugue, BWV.1080
(Arranged by Klaus Hoffmann for two pianos)
|Busoni||Fantasia contrappuntistica, BV 256|
|Mozart arr. Busoni||Duettino concertante, BV B 88 after the finale of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 459|
|Rachmaninoff||Symphonic Dances, Op. 45|
Pianist Katherine Chi, firmly established as one of Canada’s fastest rising stars, has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. “Ms. Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique,” notes The New York Times. Recent and upcoming performances include her debuts with the San Antonio, Huntsville, and Richmond Symphonies; concerto appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, and I Musici de Montréal; and a Washington, DC, recital debut at the National Gallery of Art.
Just a year after her debut recital at the age of nine, Katherine Chi was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. She continued studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she received her master’s, graduate, artist diploma, and doctorate degrees. She later studied for two years at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 2000, Chi won first prize in Honens International Piano Competition and was the first Canadian, and the first woman, to win this award. She was also a prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition.
The multifaceted pianist Kirill Gerstein has developed into one of today’s most versatile musicians. His early training and experience in jazz has contributed an important element to his interpretive style, inspiring an energetic and expressive musical personality that distinguishes his playing.
Since receiving the Gilmore Artist Award in 2010, Gerstein has shared his prize through the commissioning of boundary crossing new works by Oliver Knussen, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau and Timothy Andres, with additional commissions scheduled for future seasons. His current season includes the premiere of the new work he commissioned by Timo Andres titled, “Old Friend.”
This season Gerstein’s North American appearances included his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony conducted by Louis Langree and return appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Detroit, Houston, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis and Toledo symphonies among others.
Gerstein was awarded First Prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, received a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and a 2010 Avery Fisher Grant. A native of Voronezh, Russia, Gerstein came to the U.S. at the age of 14 as the youngest student accepted into Berklee College of Music’s jazz program. Eventually, Gerstein focused on classical music, completing degrees at the Manhattan School of Music.