29 September 2020
By Ellie Palmer
The pianist will be in London on 2 October to perform Debussy’s Études, L. 136 paired with Liszt’s Sonata in B minor
Concert pianist Kirill Gerstein (cover artist for issue 83 of Pianist) will make an appearance at London's Wigmore Hall this Friday 2 October for the first time in eight months.
Gerstein will feature works by Debussy and Liszt. Debussy's 12 piano études composed in 1915 are well known for their fiendish difficulty and have been on Gerstein’s wish-list of works to study since 2016 when he recorded Liszt’s Transcendental Études to which they pay homage. The project became a bonus of Gerstein's lockdown and the cycle features on many of his recital programmes during 2020/21 season, including a performance later this month at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal.
There will be 56 socially-distanced attendees lucky enough to be at the Wigmore Hall on Friday night. The concert can also be enjoyed by national and international audiences via BBC Radio 3’s live broadcast and the Wigmore Hall’s own live HD stream on their website and YouTube, which will also be available on demand for 30 days.
Four days after his performance, on Tuesday 6 October, Gerstein will be presented the award for best contemporary recording at the 2020 Gramophone Awards. Gramophone’s virtual ceremony at 7pm BST will be live streamed on the magazine’s social media channels and medici.tv.