Pianist Kirill Gerstein arrived from Russia in Boston as the 14 year old youngest student ever at the Berklee School of Music at the invitation of vibraphone legend Gary Burton. Now he has two additional degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and teaches in Germany. He made his Pittsburgh Symphony debut with Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in the same weekend but he had heard the orchestra on a tour stop in Stuttgart. He likes coffee and jazz and reflects on the psychiatrist who helped Rachmaninoff get out of his writers block.
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