Sunday, November 08, 2020 | 5:30 PM

Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Available on demand through Wed, Nov 11, 11:59pm EST.

Location: Online

The Zarelda Fambrough Memorial Concert

Keyboard powerhouses Garrick Ohlsson, “captivating” (BBC Music) and Kirill Gerstein, “expressive brilliance” (The Guardian), join forces for a two-piano recital of revelatory depth. Recorded in the beautiful San Francisco Conservatory, the program features Busoni’s stunning homage to Bach and Rachmaninoff’s and Ravel’s rich color, rhythmic drive, and melodic splendor.

The concert will be followed by an Artist Q&A. 

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Garrick Ohlsson

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire ranging over the entire piano literature and he has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date, he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century.

In the 2018/19 season, he launched an ambitious project spread over two seasons exploring the complete solo piano works of Brahms in four different programs. The cycle will be heard in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Los Angeles, London, and a number of cities across North America, culminating in Tanglewood, summer 2020. In concerto repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Brahms and Barber, he will return to the Nashville, Oregon, Dallas, Detroit, and Colorado Symphonies, concluding the 2019/20 season in Bellingham Festival of Music with all Beethoven concerti programmed over the course of three performances. Internationally he can be heard with orchestras in Seoul, Helsinki, Zagreb, Tallinn, Manchester, London, and Australia.

An avid chamber musician, Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Tokyo, and Takács string quartets, including most recently Boston Chamber Players on tour in Europe. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio. Passionate about singing and singers, Ohlsson has appeared in recital with such legendary artists as Magda Olivero, Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podleś. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion, and Virgin Classics labels.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. He has been awarded first prizes in the Busoni and Montreal Piano competitions, the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1970), the Avery Fisher Prize (1994), the University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI (1998), the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music (2014), and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural merit from the Polish Deputy Culture Minister.

Garrick Ohlsson’s website is

"By almost any measure, Ohlsson is one of the great American pianists." —The Washington Post


Kirill Gerstein

Pianist Kirill Gerstein’s curiosity and versatility have 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. Gerstein’s energetic and imaginative musical personality has rapidly taken him to the top of his profession.

Born in the former Soviet Union, Gerstein is an American citizen based in Berlin.  His career is similarly international, with solo and concerto engagements taking him across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.   Recent and upcoming North American orchestral engagements include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Chicago and Boston symphonies and the orchestras of San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Detroit, Cincinnati and Dallas, and the Minnesota Orchestra among many others.  Highlights of the new season include the launch of Gerstein’s Helsinki Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence season with both Brahms’ Piano Concertos played in one evening under John Storgårds; performances of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in Vienna’s Musikverein with Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic; and a return to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for music by Ravel and Busoni conducted by Susanna Mälkki. In recital, Gerstein will present the twelve études of Debussy and twelve Transcendental Études of Liszt at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal as well as on tour in Japan, Portugal, and Belgium.

Over the last two years, the long and productive relationship between Gerstein and composer Thomas Ades resulted in the Boston Symphony commissioning the composer to write a concerto specifically for Gerstein.   Deutsche Grammophon’s world première live recording release of the new work with the Boston Symphony was followed shortly by Gerstein’s own release on Myrios Classics of Adès compositions.   The concerto received world-wide accolades and has subsequently been performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Concertgebouw, London Philharmonic, and Bavarian Radio Orchestra.

He has collaborated with Myrios Classics since 2010 and his thoughtfully curated recording projects for the independent label have resulted most recently in a recording of Busoni’s monumental Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo; The Gershwin Moment with the St Louis Symphony and David Robertson, plus special appearances from Storm Large and Gerstein’s former mentor Gary Burton; Liszt’s Transcendental Études, which was picked by The New Yorker as one of 2016’s notable recordings; and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in the composer’s own final version from 1879.  Previous recordings for Myrios Classics also include Imaginary Pictures coupling Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Schumann’s Carnaval; and a recital disc of works by Schumann, Liszt, and Knussen. He is also featured on LAWO Classics’ Scriabin cycle performing Prometheus: The Poem of Fire and the Piano Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko and recorded all of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos with the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov on “The Tchaikovsky Project” boxed set for Decca.  

A long-time believer in the role of teaching in the life of a musician, he took up the post of Professor of Piano at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Hochschule in October 2018 following ten years of leading piano classes at the Stuttgart Musik Hochschule. He is also on the faculty of the Kronberg Academy’s Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Artists. In response to the impact of the global pandemic, Gerstein launched a series of free and open online seminars titled Kirill Gerstein invites with the Hanns Eisler Academy featuring conversations with leading musicians, musicologists, and philosophers. The series opened with Andreas Staier and guest speakers included Iván Fischer, Ian Bostridge, Thomas Adès, Brad Mehldau, Anthony Fogg, and Paul Boghossian.

Brought up studying both classical and jazz piano, Gerstein was 14 when he moved to the US as the youngest student to attend Boston’s Berklee College of Music. As his focus turned back towards the classical repertoire, Gerstein furthered his studies with Solomon Mikowsky in New York, Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid, and Ferenc Rados in Budapest. He won the first of a series of prestigious accolades in 2001: First Prize at the 10th Arthur Rubinstein Competition. In 2002, he won a Gilmore Young Artist Award and in 2010 both an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Gilmore Artist Award, which enabled him to commission new works from Timo Andres, Chick Corea, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, and Brad Mehldau.

As a child, Gerstein studied both classical and jazz piano. He moved to the U.S. where, at age 14, he was the youngest student 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. Gerstein has received a series of prestigious accolades, including First Prize at the 10th Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2001 and a Gilmore Young Artist Award in 2002. In 2010 he was awarded both an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Gilmore Artist Award, which provided the funds for him to commission new works from Timo Andres, Chick Corea, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, and Brad Mehldau.

Kirill Gerstein's website is                                                

"Kirill Gerstein now belongs to the class of the most renowned classical pianists." —Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)

Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

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Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Fantasia contrappuntistica

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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

La Valse

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