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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

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.

For this seven-city solo recital tour he is scaling new heights of virtuosity: Liszt’s power Polonaise in E, Schumann’s Viennese romp, Carnival of Vienna, and the wildly difficult, wildly entertaining transcriptions of eccentric piano nerd, Leopold Godowsky. In the same program, he dives deep into the profundity of Chopin’s Polonaise Fantasie, and gives the world premiere of Transcendental Etude, a new commission from Australian Liza Lim.

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


CHOPIN Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61
FAURÉ Nocturne No. 13 in B minor, Op. 119
POULENC Three Intermezzi, FP71/118
LISZT Polonaise in E major, S. 223 No. 2
SCHUMANN Carnival of Vienna, Op. 26
Liza LIM Transcendental Etude (2023)
GODOWSKY Symphonic Metamorphoses No.2: Die Fledermaus

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