2010 Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein Makes Boston Symphony Debut with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto under Dutoit at Tanglewood (July 30)

Gerstein Rejoins Dutoit with Philadelphia Orchestra (Aug 6); Gives Recital at Tannery Pond (July 31);
Plays Chamber Music at Saratoga (Aug 9); Performs with Royal Philharmonic in Shanghai (Aug 18);
and Concludes Summer at Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival (Aug 31 – Sep 4)

Kirill Gerstein has had a momentous season. In January, he became the sixth recipient of the coveted Gilmore Artist Award, worth $300,000 and described by the New York Times as “music’s answer to the MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grants.” Only two months later, he followed this coup with a second major triumph when he was named the winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Not surprisingly, this Russian-born pianist is much in demand this summer. He makes his Boston Symphony debut at Tanglewood on July 30, performing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto under the direction of Charles Dutoit. The following night, as part of the Tannery Pond Concerts’ landmark 20th-anniversary season, he gives a recital of Bach, Schumann, and Chopin in New Lebanon, NY. The Tannery Pond program also features Oliver Knussen’s “emotionally charged” (New York Times) new work, Ophelia’s Last Dance, which was commissioned for Gerstein as the 2010 Gilmore Artist.

Reuniting with Dutoit on August 6, Gerstein undertakes Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Saratoga, NY. On August 9, he will collaborate with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Chantal Juillet, and members of the Philadelphia orchestra in performance at the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival. Three more chamber music programs, which include two Brahms sonatas, follow at the Jerusalem International Music Festival, on August 31, September 1, and September 4.

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