Soloist hauls teacher out of 40-year retirement

Soloist hauls teacher out of 40-year retirement


norman lebrecht

April 22, 2021

The Berlin pianist Kirill Gerstein has persuaded his mentor Ferenc Rados to record a Mozart four-hand album, four decades after Rados retired from public performance.

Steven Isserlis says in the CD booklet: ‘Kirill should receive a medal for having survived the trials through which he was put before the present wonderful recording could come to fruition.’

Rados, 86, taught throughout his career at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.

The release will be out in mid-May.




  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Great story. Do we know the “trials” gone through before the recording which S.I. referred to ?

    • David K. Nelson says:

      I have always heard that Hungarian piano professors are notoriously strict and even intimidating during lessons and I wonder if Maestro Rados reverted to form during the sessions with “pupil” Gerstein?

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Not the first time the reliably wonderful Kirill Gerstein teams up with a great Hungarian veteran pianist, with memorable results: