Kirill Gernstein is Winner of the Gilmore Artist Award

Kirill Gerstein, 2009 winner of the Gilmore Artist Award(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Kirill Gerstein, 2009 winner of the Gilmore Artist Award(Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Every four years, an unsuspecting pianist is notified they’ve become the next recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award, chosen by an anonymous committee that listens to recordings and covertly attend concerts. It finds that one special pianist who is “deemed worthy of a global career.”

This year’s recipient, just announced yesterday (January 7), is Russian-born Kirill Gernstein, who is praised for his “masterful technique, musical curiosity, and probing interpretations.”

An American citizen since 2003, the 30-year-old already has an incredibly busy 2010 concert season scheduled between continents, so imagine Toledo, Ohio’s thrill of learning that Gilmore’s newest “star” is performing Gershwin and Rachmaninoff on March 20 with their [Toledo] Symphony Orchestra. Talk about timing!

For those of us who can’t make it to one of his concerts/recitals any time soon, you can enjoy his performance here with superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Incidentally, he’ll probably not need to spend his prize money on a new piano as some of his predecessors have done. Reportedly he owns 5 pianos including a Steinway B and an original 1848 Pleyel, Chopin’s instrument of choice.

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