United States


The multi-faceted pianist Kirill Gerstein has risen to the top of the classical music scene. His masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and musical curiosity – that led him to explore repertoire spanning centuries and styles – make him one of today’s most intriguing and versatile musicians. His experience in jazz has greatly contributed to his interpretive style.

In 2001, Kirill Gerstein won First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, followed by the Gilmore Young Artist Award. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award.

Kirill Gerstein performs with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Rotterdam, London, and New York, the Symphony Orchestras of the BBC, Berlin, Chicago, Vancouver, Göttingen and Hamburg, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo. 

His many recordings include Imaginary Pictures, comprising Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann’s Carnaval Opus 9 released by Myrios Classics and chosen by The New York Times as “Best Recording of the Year.”

Born in 1979 in Voronezh, Russia, Kirill Gerstein studied classical piano and jazz at a special music school for gifted children. After coming to the attention of vibraphonist Gary Burton, Kirill Gerstein went to the United States at the age of 14 to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. After completing his studies, he turned his focus back to classical music and studied piano with Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid and Ferenc Rados in Budapest.