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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Presents

Kirill Gerstein, piano
Thomas Adès, piano and composer

Friday, March 15, 2019, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall 
Kirill Gerstein high-res photo | Thomas Adès high-res photo
Gerstein and Adès video preview

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Kirill Gerstein and pianist and composer Thomas Adès on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. This performance is a co-presentation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is generously sponsored in memory of Blanche & George Jones.

Tickets start at $35 and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Jordan Hall Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the second Celebrity Series concert for Kirill Gerstein; he made his debut in 2014. This concert will be the Celebrity Series debut for Thomas Adès.

Pianist Kirill Gerstein’s curiosity and versatility has led to a powerful engagement with a wide range of repertoire and styles. From Bach to Adès, his playing is distinguished by its clarity of expression, discerning intelligence and virtuosity. Highlights of his 2018-19 season include performances with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, St. Louis, and Toronto symphonies, and a California tour with the Czech Philharmonic. 

He premieres a new piano concerto by Thomas Adès’ with the Boston Symphony at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, and plays two-piano recitals with Adès in Boston and at Zankel Hall. In Europe, he performs with the Dresden Staatskappelle, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Symphony, NDR Hamburg Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony. 

Gerstein has appeared with major orchestras including the Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Oslo, and Vienna Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio, Finnish Radio Minnesota, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, National, Dallas, Vancouver, and Houston symphonies. He has performed recitals in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Miami, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Hamburg, at London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and he has also appeared at the Salzburg, Lucerne, and Edinburgh Festivals,at Verbier, the Proms in London, and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival.

His recordings on myrios classics include The Gershwin Moment, Liszt’s Transcendental Études, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in the composer’s final 1879version, Imaginary Pictures, which pairs Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Schumann’s Carnaval, and an album of works by Schumann, Liszt, and Knussen. Born in Russia, Gerstein studied classical and jazz piano and moved to the U.S. at the age of 14 to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Shifting his focus to the classical repertoire, he studied with Solomon Mikowsky in New York, Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid and Ferenc Rados in Budapest. He received First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2001, a Gilmore Young Artist Award in 2002, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Gilmore Artist Award in 2010.

Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971. His compositions include two operas, Powder Her Face (Cheltenham Festival/Almeida Theatre, London, 1995), and The Tempest (Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 2004). Other orchestral works include Asyla (CBSO, 1997), Tevot (Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, 2007), Polaris (New World Symphony, Miami 2011), Violin Concerto Concentric Paths (Berliner Festspiele and London Proms, 2005), In Seven Days (Piano concerto with moving image - LA Philharmonic and RFH London 2008), and Totentanz for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra (London Proms, 2013). From 1999 to 2008 he was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.

As a conductor he appears regularly with, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, BBC Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor he has conducted The Rake's Progress at the Royal Opera, London and the Zürich Opera, and last Autumn made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York conducting The Tempest. He will conduct this production of The Tempest at the Vienna Staatsoper in 2015 with the Vienna Philharmonic.

As a conductor, he appears regularly with, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies, BBC Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor, he has conducted The Rake's Progress at the Royal Opera, London and the Zürich Opera, and last Autumn made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York conducting The Tempest. He will conduct this production of The Tempest at the Vienna Staatsoper in 2015 with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Prizes include Grawemeyer Award for Asyla (1999); Royal Philharmonic Society large-scale composition awards for Asyla, The Tempest and Tevot; Ernst von Siemens Composers' prize for Arcadiana; British Composer Award for The Four Quarters; and Best Opera Grammy and Diapason d'or de l'année (Paris) for The Tempest. He coaches Piano and Chamber Music annually at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.

PROGRAM

DEBUSSY En blanc et noir
STRAVINSKY/SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony of Psalms
LUTOSLAWSKI Variations on a theme by Paganini
DEBUSSY Lindaraja
ADÈS Concert paraphrase on Powder Her Face 
RAVEL La Valse

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Béla Bartók, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirsten Flagstad, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Vladimir Horowitz, Diana Krall, Fritz Kreisler, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Ignace Paderewski, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubenstein, Andrés Segovia, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.

 

Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.

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