Pianist Kyrill Gerstein Kalamazoo, Mich., has an intriguing name and a state university. It also has one of the premiere music festivals in the country, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Scores of famous and soon-to-be-famous players congregate there every other year to play keyboard music. In 2002 they singled out a young Russian pianist named Kyrill Gerstein as their Young Artist. We hear him play Brahms Capriccios Op. 76, nos. 1 and 2, followed by the Rhapsody, op. 119.
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Pianist Kyrill Gerstein

Pianist Kyrill Gerstein

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Kalamazoo, Mich., has an intriguing name and a state university. It also has one of the premiere music festivals in the country, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Scores of famous and soon-to-be-famous players congregate there every other year to play keyboard music. In 2002 they singled out a young Russian pianist named Kyrill Gerstein as their Young Artist. We hear him play Brahms Capriccios Op. 76, nos. 1 and 2, followed by the Rhapsody, op. 119.