Kirill Kuzmin is currently Head of Music Staff at Houston Grand Opera. In the 2021-22 season, Mr. Kuzmin continues working on HGO music staff for productions of Dialogues des Carmélites and Turandot. He also serves as a music staff member at The Glimmerglass Festival.
He has worked on a number of productions with HGO, including Eugene Onegin (also as diction coach), Le nozze di Figaro, Faust, Giulio Cesare (also as continuo accompanist), West Side Story, as well as two of the monumental Ring cycle operas by Wagner, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. He also served as principal coach for the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s The House Without a Christmas Tree and was involved in the world premiere of David Hanlon and Stephanie Fleischmann’s After the Storm. At Glimmerglass, he served as principal coach for the productions of Silent Night and La Traviata.
In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Kuzmin continues working on HGO music staff for productions of Dialogues des Carmélites and Turandot.
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 will appear 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, including Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges and Rimsky-Korsakov's 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 a number of operatic undertakings by the acclaimed Moscow Philharmonic, including Le nozze di Figaro, Maria Stuarda, and Orphée et Eurydice.
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.