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Kirill Gerstein plays piano in an empty room

Kirill Gerstein & Friends

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Thursday 30 May 2024 • 1pm

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The Concert

Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s

Claude Debussy Six épigraphes antiques
Claude Debussy Page d’album pièce pour l’œuvre du Vêtement du blessé
Berceuse héroïque
Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon
Komitas ‘Manushaki of Vagharshapat’, ‘Yerangi of Yerevan’ and ‘Unabi of Shushi’ from Armenian Dances for Solo Piano
Claude Debussy Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons
La Flûte de Pan, La Chevelure & Le Tombeau des naïades from ‘Chansons de Bilitis’
Komitas Antouni & Chinar es from Armenian Songs

Kirill Gerstein  piano
Katia Skanavi  piano
Ruzan Mantashyan  soprano

The concert will finish at approximately 2.05pm


£16 (£14 concessions, £6 under-18s)
+ £1.50 booking fee per online/phone transaction

An allocation of tickets is available for NHS staff for selected LSO concerts through Tickets for Good. Visit to register.

Save on Your Booking

Multibuy Discounts – £12 tickets for 3+ events
Under-18s – £6 tickets
Groups of 10+ – save at least 20%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets
Full details below

Kirill Gerstein and his musical friends travel from France to Armenia, in a revelatory recital from one of our most imaginative piano virtuosos.

The Programme

‘Gather impressions’, said Claude Debussy, ‘but don’t be in a hurry to write them down’. Some music yields its secrets in ways that you don’t expect, and only in the most sympathetic hands. Exquisite miniatures by Debussy form a fascinating counterpoint with the songs and dances of the great Armenian priest and composer Komitas in a concert that blurs musical boundaries – and opens up wonderful new horizons.

The Performers

But what else would you expect from a concert series curated by Kirill Gerstein – a virtuoso pianist who thinks differently, and who’s never more himself than when being inspired by his many musical friends? Pianist Katia Skanavi and the ‘fabulous’ (Le Figaro) Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan are his collaborators today, in a concert of music that crosses times and cultures but always speaks directly to the imagination.

Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3

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Please note that these events are recorded for broadcast. We are grateful to all of our audience members for ensuring that noise and disturbance are kept to a minimum, and for switching off phones and devices.

Header image © Marco Borggreve

Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

Online at
By phone on +44 20 7870 2500 (Monday to Friday 12–5.30pm)
In person at the Barbican Centre

£1.50 booking fee per transaction when booking online or by phone

Refunds and Exchanges

If you can no longer user your tickets, you can exchange them for another LSO St Luke’s concert or Barbican credit voucher (valid for six months). Please ensure that you inform the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (two weeks for group bookings). A per-ticket administration fee applies for all exchange services.

Questions About Your Booking?

Contact the Box Office at

Visit the Barbican website for conditions of sale and further information.

The LSO reserves the right to change artists or programmes if necessary. If the event is cancelled, all bookers will receive a refund. All discounts are subject to availability and may not be combined. Box office calls may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance or training purposes

Multibuy Discount

£12 tickets when you book three or more BBC Radio 3 concerts in the 2023/24 season within one transaction.


£14 tickets for over-60s, full-time students and unwaged/unemployed people.


£6 tickets for under-18s. BBC Radio 3 Concerts are recommended for ages 12+. For younger children, we have a range of other events at LSO St Luke’s, including Free Friday Lunchtime Concerts which are suitable for everyone over the age of 5.

Groups of 10+

Save 20%, or 30% when booking two or more concerts in the same season, plus additional benefits. Find out more about group booking.

Access Members

Members of the Barbican’s Access Scheme can book wheelchair places priced at the lowest price for that event and book a free companion seat. Join the Barbican Access Scheme.

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