Artistic depth, technical superiority and remarkable sense of tonal color are the trademarks of the young German pianist Jamina Gerl, who is among the most promising talents of her generation. She has garnered no less than 14 awards at national and international music competitions at home and abroad.
Born in Bonn, she was accepted as a full student at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik und Tanz at the age of only 15. After completing her degree in instrumental performance under Professor Roswitha Gediga, she became a student of Russian-born pianist and conductor Eduard Zilberkant, continuing her academic studies with a full scholarship at the University of Alaska in the United States.
Master classes with Paul Badura-Skoda, Menahem Pressler, Jerome Rose, Massimiliano Ferrati and Rose Marie Zartner ensued. Following her Master of Music in Piano Performance, Gerl was an assistant at the Catholic University of America, where she studied in the doctoral program under Nikita Fitenko, until the end of 2012. Over the years, Gerl was awarded prizes and scholarships from the Gisela & Erich Andreas Foundation Berlin, the Rieke Alten Foundation in Berlin, the WILL Foundation, the Paul and Maria Kremer Foundation and the Richard-Wagner-Society.
Active concert engagements soon took Jamina Gerl to Great Britain, America, Italy, Switzerland, China and Japan. They led her to renowned festivals such as the Ruhr Piano Festival, Mosel-Musikfestival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Bayreuth Easter Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn and to prestigious venues such as New York’s Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle and Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya. Radio and TV recordings were produced in cooperation with mdr, WDR, DLF and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Gerl’s debut at the Ruhr Piano Festival was broadcast as Concert Document of the Week on Deutschlandfunk. Her orchestral debut with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 3 was celebrated by the New York press as „a triumph for all concerned" and the heading „Rach 3 piano concerto conquers."
Most recently her debut CD "Wanderer" (TYXart) was broadcast worldwide on the radio and gained international recognition among experts through numerous reviews from Europe, USA and Canada. In addition, the CD was presented in special features at WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk, klassikaraadio Estonia, as well as in Kulturradio rbb and was named CD of the Day (ORF), CD of the Week (Klassik-heute) and Recommendation of the Month (FONO FORUM).
Nomination in three categories
Adolf Klima Award
Cultural Grant for Performing Arts
International Keyboard Institute & Festival
New York, USA
American Protégé Concerto Competition
1st Prize and Best Performance Award
New York, USA
International Shining Stars Rachmaninoff Competition
New York, USA
"While her technical skills are superior to any difficulty whatsoever, she does not deliver narcissistic keyboard acrobatics, but an exceptionally profound interpretation..." (nmz)
"Her technique is noticeably clear and smooth, ingrained with mature musicality. In every piece the warmth of her playing comes through, without a trace of clatter or display for its own sake." (Fanfare US)
"But the greatest surprise of all is the abundance of tones and nuances she delivers, allowing her to give each piece its own hue and highly specific character, making Mendelssohn sound like Mendelssohn and Debussy like Debussy – and that applies to all composers." (Pizzicato Luxemburg)
"What does place Gerl in league with other great keyboard artists is her seemingly innate ability to differentiate each of the pieces on her program according to its historical context and style." (Fanfare USA)