Biography

Piano

KIRILL KUZMIN is a principal coach at Houston Grand Opera. In the 2021–22 season, he works on productions of Dialogues des Carmélites and Turandot. In previous seasons, he worked on Eugene Onegin (also as diction coach), Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, Giulio Cesare (also as continuo accompanist), West Side Story, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. Also a staff member at the Glimmerglass Festival, he has served as principal coach for the productions of Silent Night and La traviata.

Recital appearances have included a Schwabacher Debut Recital in San Francisco with baritone Sol Jin, and in 2021, he was the pianist for video-streamed recitals with Arturo Chacun-Cruz, Sasha Cooke, and Nicholas Phan. This performance marks his debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices.

A Russian native, Mr. Kuzmin spent three years with the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, first as a young artist and then as a member of the music staff. During his time with the company, he served as an opera coach and accompanist on a number of Russian operas, including The Love for Three Oranges and The Tsar’s Bride, as well as works from the standard operatic repertoire, such as Turandot, Der Rosenkavalier, La traviata, and La sonnambula. While in Moscow, he also served as pianist and coach for opera performances by the 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.