Concerts in Germany and abroad have always earned the young German pianist excellent reviews from professional critics. For instance, the press in New York declared her orchestral debut performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto “a triumph for all concerned,” christening Gerl “a lioness of the keyboard.” In addition to her versatile concert programs, she is often praised for her poetically inspired piano playing, remarkable virtuosity and richly shaded, differentiated expression. Concerts and numerous competition triumphs resulted in her appearing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the Steinway Hall in New York, the Beethoven–Haus Kammermusiksaal, the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Mannes College Concert Hall, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Munetsugu Hall Nagoya.
Her solo Debut CD “Wanderer” (TYXart) was recognized internationally and received marvelous reviews in the UK, the US, in Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Canada. Radio stations worldwide broadcasted it in their programs; among them Deutschlandfunk, Radio Swiss Classic, Venice Classic Radio, Opus 94 Mexico, Radio Filarmonía102.7 FM Lima, Symphony 92.4 Singapore, Fine Music Radio 101.3 FM Cape Town and numerous US stations and repeaters. In addition, the CD was presented in special features at WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk, klassikaraadio Estonia, as well as in the Kulturradio of the rbb and was named "CD of the day" (ORF), "CD of the week" (Klassik-heute) and "Recommendation of the Month" (FONO FORUM).
Born in Beethoven’s native city of Bonn, Jamina Gerl’s musical gifts were recognized early. She was accepted as a full student at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik und Tanz at the age of only 15 years. There she successfully completed the Diplom degree in instrumental performance under Professor Roswitha Gediga and became a student of Russian-born conductor and pianist Eduard Zilberkant, continuing her academic studies with a full scholarship at the University of Alaska in the United States. She earned a Master’s degree in Music in piano performance and was an assistant at the Catholic University of America until the end of 2012, where she studied in the class of Nikita Fitenko (Doctor of Musical Arts). Gerl received further inspiration in master classes with renowned artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Bernd Goetzke, Menahem Pressler, Jerome Rose, Peter Frankl and Rose Marie Zartner.
Often praised by critics for her artistic depth, technical superiority and remarkable sense of tonal color, Gerl’s concerts have led her to European countries as well as to Japan, China and the United States where she has performed with orchestras such as the New York Concerti Sinfonietta Orchestra (Paul Hostetter), the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra (George Rydlinsky) and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra (Eduard Zilberkant). Over the years she has been awarded scholarships from the Gisela & Erich Andreas Foundation Berlin, the Paul and Maria Kremer Foundation, the Rieke Alten Foundation in Berlin, the WILL Foundation, and the Richard-Wagner-Society.
"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)