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 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.
Competitions and Awards
|2017||Adolf Klima Award||Prizewinner||Munich, Germany|
|2015||Cultural Grant for Performing Arts||Prizewinner||Munich, Germany|
|2014||International Keyboard Institute & Festival||1st Prize||New York, USA|
|2014||American Protégé Concerto Competition||1st Prize and Best Performance Award||New York, USA|
|2013||International Shining Stars Rachmaninoff Competition||1st Prize||New York, USA|
|2011||Seattle International Piano Competition||3rd Prize||Seattle, USA|
|2011||Schlern International Music Festival Competition||Finalist||Voels, Italy|
|2010||Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition||Prizewinner||Fairbanks, USA|
|2008||Dorothy MacKenzie Recognition Award||2nd Prize||New York, USA|
|2006||Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize||Diploma||Barletta, Italy|
|2006||A.M.A. Calabria Piano Competition||Diplom of Honor||Lamezia Terme, Italy|
|2006||Wartburg Piano Competition Eisenach||Diploma||Eisenach, Germany|
|2001||Grotrian Steinweg Piano Competition||2nd Prize||Braunschweig, Germany|
|2000||"Münchner Klavierpodium der Jugend“||Prizewinner||Munich, Germany|
|1999||Bach Piano Competition Köthen||Prizewinner||Köthen, Germany|
|1992–2002||Piano Competition „Jugend Musiziert“||1st and 2nd Prizes||Germany|