BORIS PIGOVAT (b 1953 )
Boris Pigovat was born in Odessa, and studied at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Between 1978 and 1990 he lived in Tadjikistan. During this time, he won a diploma of special distinction at the 1988 International Composers Competition in Budapest, for his trombone quartet Musica dolorosa No. 2.
Pigovat relocated to Israel in 1995, and took Israeli citizenship. He has won several distinguished national awards: the 1995 ACUM Prize (Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers of Music in Israel) for The Holocaust Requiem; the 2005 ACUM Prize for Song of the Sea, a work for symphonic wind band, and the 2000 prize of the prime minister of Israel. His compositions have been performed throughout the world, with the wind band work Massada featuring at the 2000 ISCM World Music Days in Luxembourg, and the 2003 WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Conference in Jönköping, Sweden.