Pianist Kirill Gerstein’s heritage combines the traditions of Russian, American, and Central European music-making with an insatiable curiosity. These qualities and the relationships that he has developed with orchestras, conductors, instrumentalists, singers, and composers have led him to explore a huge spectrum of repertoire both new and old. From Bach to Adès, Gerstein’s playing is distinguished by a ferocious technique and discerning intelligence, matched with an energetic, imaginative musical presence that places him at the top of his profession.
Born in the former Soviet Union, Gerstein is an American citizen based in Berlin. His career is similarly international, with worldwide performances ranging from concerts with the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, and London Symphony Orchestra, to recitals in London, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and New York. During the 2022–23 season, Gerstein’s flair for creation will be on display as he undertakes residencies with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at home in Munich and on tour; at London’s Wigmore Hall with the three-part concert series Busoni and His World; and at the 2023 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
A longtime believer in the role of teaching, Kirill Gerstein is currently on the faculty of Kronberg Academy and Professor of Piano at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Hochschule. Under the auspices of Kronberg Academy, his series of free and open online seminars, Kirill Gerstein invites, is in its sixth season, featuring conversations with leading musicians, artists, and thinkers including Ai Weiwei, Iván Fischer, Deborah Borda, Antonio Pappano, Kaija Saariaho, and Joshua Redman.