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Kirill Gerstein To Replace Murray Perahia on The Gilmore’s Piano Masters Series, May 7

2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein replaces Murray Perahia on The Gilmore’s 2018-2019 Piano Masters Series, performing a solo recital of works by Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy, and Ravel on Tuesday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mr. Perahia, who was scheduled to perform on Sunday, May 5, has withdrawn from his entire North American tour due to illness.

With this recital at The Gilmore, Mr. Gerstein concludes a busy season of performances in North America, including premieres of Thomas Adès’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer at Symphony Hall (world premiere) and Carnegie Hall (New York premiere). According to The New York Times, he “dispatched this concerto with his customary virtuosity and commitment … he played as if the concerto had been a friend for years.”

2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein

Mr. Gerstein has also performed this season with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; Cincinnati and Toronto Symphonies; and the Czech Philharmonic on a U.S. tour led by Semyon Bychkov. In conjunction with his premieres of the Adès piano concerto, he performed duo-piano recitals with the composer at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. He returns to the U.S. for performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on March 3, 4, and 5. This summer, he joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Adès’s In Seven Days, conducted by the composer and featuring The Royal Ballet, and also performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.

Reflecting his interest in and engagement with a variety of music styles, Mr. Gerstein’s latest recordings are Busoni’s Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (March 2019) and The Gershwin Moment with the St. Louis Symphony, vibraphonist Gary Burton, and vocalist Storm Large (February 2018).

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