<August 2019>

Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto 2

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Friday, May 3, 2019 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 3:00 PM
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Concert Description

Tchaikovsky’s second piano concerto has lived too long in the shadow of the immortal first. Kirill Gerstein joins conductor Ben Glassberg for the Tchaikovsky, and Glassberg also leads the DSO in Dvořák’s lyrical eighth symphony and Sir William Walton’s music for the Laurence Olivier film Henry V.


Ben Glassberg, conductor  
Kirill Gerstein, piano   Bio

The multifaceted pianist Kirill Gerstein has rapidly ascended into classical music’s highest ranks.  With a masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and a musical curiosity that has led him to explore repertoire spanning centuries and styles, he has proven to be one of today’s most intriguing and versatile musicians. His early training and experience in jazz has contributed an important element to his interpretive style, inspiring an energetic and expressive musical personality that distinguishes his playing.

After completing his studies in three years and following his second summer at the Boston University program at Tanglewood, Mr. Gerstein turned his focus back to classical music and moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky and earned both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees by the age of 20. He continued his studies in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and in Budapest with Ferenc Rados. An American citizen since 2003, Mr. Gerstein now divides his time between the United States and Germany, where he has been a professor of piano at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart since 2006.


WALTON Suite from Henry V  
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 2  
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8