Liszt Transcendental Etudes

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein was born in Voronezh, Russia in 1979.  While studying classical piano he taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents’ record collection.  He was brought to the United States at the age of 14 at the behest of jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, in order to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston—the youngest student there ever. Eventually he returned to classical music as his main professional focus.