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Pianist Kirill Gerstein

Kirill Gerstein: Spotlight Artist

Rachmaninoff, Benjamin & Hindemith – Susanna Mälkki & Kirill Gerstein

Grand. Rich. Delicate.

Thursday 30 November 2023 • 7pm

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The Concert

George Benjamin Concerto for Orchestra
Paul Hindemith Symphony: Mathis der Maler
Interval – 20 minutes
Serge Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3

Susanna Mälkki  conductor
Kirill Gerstein  piano
London Symphony Orchestra

The concert will finish at approximately 9.10pm (timings subject to change)


£70 £55 £39 £25 £18
+ £4 booking fee per online/phone transaction

Wildcard Tickets

£12/£16 + booking fee as above
Guaranteed entry – your seat will be allocated on the day.
Limited releases throughout the season. Full details

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Save on Your Booking

Multibuy Discounts – save up to 40%
Under-18s – £6 tickets
14–25s – discounts for Young Barbican Members
Groups of 10+ – save at least 20%
Barbican Access Members – free companion tickets
Full details below

The heartrending majesty of this Rachmaninoff Concerto is any pianist’s Everest. Hear it performed by Kirill Gerstein, Spotlight Artist with the LSO in 2023/24.

The Programme

The journey to the climactic summit of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 3 places unique demands on a performer. But for an audience, the effect is electrifying. This is music in the grand manner: sincere, impressive and emotionally direct. Every instrument is a soloist in George Benjamin’s Concerto for Orchestra, with especially dramatic roles for fervent first violins and unpredictable tuba.

The Performers

Long-time master of its dizzying technical challenges, Kirill Gerstein – Spotlight Artist with the LSO in 2023/24 – offers a clear, fresh view of the fabulous structure of Rachmaninoff’s masterwork. Susanna Mälkki and the LSO make both new and enduring repertoire feel like a revelation.

‘Probably the only time I could have learned that magnificent knuckle-breaker would have been when I was still too young to know fear.’ – Pianist Gary Graffman on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 3

Read the programme (PDF)

Support for the Music Academy partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra has been provided in part by Linda and Michael Keston, with additional support in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland

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Header Image © Mark Allan

Booking and Discounts

Booking Your Tickets

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

£4 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 concert or Barbican credit voucher (valid for six months). Please 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?

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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 Discounts

Book 2 to 3 concerts and save 10%
Book 4 to 7 concerts and save 20%
Book 8 to 11 concerts and save 30%
Book 12 or more concerts and save 40%

Plus retain your discount for any later bookings within the season.

Multibuy Discounts: Full Details


£12 or £16 (£10 or £15 for Half Six Fix concerts), plus booking fee. You are guaranteed entry to the concert but you won’t know your exact seat until the evening of the performance. Will you be lucky and bag a top-price seat in the stalls? Find out more about Wildcards.

Young People

£6 tickets for under-18s. Discounted tickets are available for selected LSO concerts for 14–25s through Young Barbican, and for full-time students through Student Pulse London.

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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