About the author

Kirill Kuzmin is a Grammy-nominated collaborative pianist and vocal coach. He is currently Principal Coach at Houston Grand Opera. In the summer of 2023, he also served as a pianist and coach at Wolf Trap Opera and Aspen Music Festival and School.

Recital appearances included Schwabacher Debut Recital in San Francisco (with baritone Sol Jin). In 2021, he was the pianist for video-streamed recitals with Arturo Chacun-Cruz, Sasha Cooke, and Nicholas Phan. In 2022, he appeared in a recital with Sasha Cooke at San Francisco Symphony.

A Russian native, Mr. Kuzmin spent three years with the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, first as a young artist and then as a full-time member of the music staff. During his time with the company, he served as opera coach and accompanist on a number of Russian operas, as well as works from the standard operatic repertoire. While in Moscow, he also served as pianist and coach for a number of operatic undertakings by the acclaimed Moscow Philharmonic.

Mr. Kuzmin holds degrees in piano performance from the Moscow Conservatory and in collaborative piano from the Moscow Conservatory and the University of Michigan, where he studied with renowned collaborative pianist Martin Katz.

For more information, please refer to www.KirillKuzmin.com