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Kirill Gerstein

Submitted by Paulius Gutauskas on Mon, 11/27/2023 - 14:22
 Kirill Gerstein
Thursday 13th Jun - 7:00 PM
Llewellyn Hall
Presented by
Musica Viva Australia

Kirill Gerstein is a showman, a philosopher, poet of the piano. He grew up playing jazz, switched to classical and won the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition at just 22. Since then he has carved out a formidable reputation as a fearless artist who makes the impossible sound easy.

'A peerless performer, with so much to express.' — Guardian
'Uncanny delicacy in one episode and gnashing power the next.' — The New York Times

For his Canberra concert, he is scaling new heights of virtuosity: Liszt’s power Polonaise in E and Schumann’s Viennese romp, Carnival of Vienna. In the same program, he dives deep into the profundity of Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie, and gives the world premiere of Transcendental Etude, a new commission from Australian Liza Lim.


Frédéric CHOPIN (1810–1849)

Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61 (1846) 14 min

Brad MEHLDAU (b 1970)

Après Fauré No. 3: Nocturne (2024) 3 min

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845–1924)

Nocturne No. 13 in B minor, Op. 119 (1922) 8 min

Francis POULENC (1899–1963)

Three Intermezzi, FP71/118 9 min

No. 1 in C major

II No. 2 in D-flat major

III No. 3 in A-flat major

Franz LISZT (1811–1886)

Polonaise in E major, S. 223 No. 2 (1850-1) ` 9 min


Frédéric CHOPIN

Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49 (1841) 14 min

Liza LIM (b 1966)

Transcendental Étude (2023)* 8 min

Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856)

Carnival of Vienna, Op. 26 (1839) 22 min

*World premiere performances. Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia with funds from the Hildegard Project, championing the work of female composers.

Acknowledgment of Country

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