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Kirill Gerstein Recital/Oliver Knussen London Première

 04 June 2012 at 7.30 pm 

Kirill Gerstein Recital/Oliver Knussen London Première

Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Kirill Gerstein

One of the great windfalls of classical music, the prestigious, valuable and happily maverick Gilmore Award is given every four years to a pianist who has no idea that he or she is in the running for it. Past recipients have included Leif Ove Andsnes and Piotr Anderszewski.

In 2010 it fell into the unsuspecting lap of Kirill Gerstein, acknowledging him as a musician who combines high calibre with curiosity and imagination. Born in Russia, he began his studies as a jazz pianist but switched to classical and contemporary. His programme here reflects wide-ranging interests, with a piece by Oliver Knussen that lays to rest an idée fixe of the composer’s scores through the past three decades.

J.S Bach : English Suite No. 6 in D minor BWV811
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Gigue, Bolero and Variations
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia’s Last Dance
Carl Maria von Weber : Invitation to the Dance: rondo brillant in Db
Franz Liszt : Soirées de Vienna No. 6 from Valses caprices d’après Schubert S427
Robert Schumann : Carnaval Op. 9

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