„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)
Artistic depth, technical superiority and remarkable sense of tonal color are the trademarks of the young German pianist Jamina Gerl. Born in Bonn, she was accepted as a full student at the Cologne “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln” at the age of only 15 years. After completing the Diplom 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.
Competition triumphs and increasing concert engagements soon took her to Great Britain, America, Italy, Switzerland, China and Japan. These included prestigious venues such as the New York Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Beethoven-Haus Kammermusiksaal, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall Seattle, Sichuan Conservatory Concert Hall and Munetsugu Hall Nagoya. Radio and TV recordings were produced in cooperation with mdr, WDR, DLF and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Following the Master of Music in Piano Performance, Gerl was an assistant at the Catholic University of America until the end of 2012, where she studied under Nikita Fitenko in the doctoral programme. She received further inspiration from master classes with Paul Badura-Skoda,, Bernd Goetzke, Menahem Pressler, Jerome Rose, Massimiliano Ferrati and Rose Marie Zartner.
Her solo Debut CD “Wanderer” (TYXart) was broadcasted 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 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):
„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)
Over the years Gerl 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. Her concert calendar for 2018/19 includes performances at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Mosel-Musikfestival and Bayreuther Osterfestival.
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|