BORIS GILTBURG (b 1984 )
The young Moscow-born, Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg is lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling interpreter, with critics praising his impassioned, narrative-driven approach to performance. At home in repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Shostakovich, in recent years he has been increasingly recognised as a leading interpreter of Rachmaninov.
To celebrate the Beethoven anniversary in 2020 Giltburg has embarked upon a unique project to learn all the sonatas across the year, filming and blogging about the process as he goes, and appearing on BBC TV. He is recording the complete Beethoven piano concertos for Naxos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, and he played all the concertos in three days with the Brussels Philharmonic at the Flagey Piano Festival. Other highlights of 2019–20 include performances of the Rachmaninov Preludes at Bozar, Wigmore and for his debut in the Master Pianists series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; he also plays recitals at the festivals of Rheingau, Dresden, Dvořák Prague and Liszt Raiding.
He is resident artist with the Valencia Symphony across the season, and also returns to the Oslo Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Utah Symphony. In previous seasons he has appeared with many leading orchestras worldwide, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, WDR Köln, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Israel, London, Rotterdam, Helsinki and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Baltimore, Nashville and Seattle Symphonies.
He made his BBC Proms debut in 2010, his Australian debut in 2017 (with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras) and has frequently toured to South America and China. He has played recitals in leading venues such as Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, London’s Southbank Centre, Auditorium de Radio France, Toppan Hall, Tokyo and Shanghai Oriental Art Center.
Giltburg has a close relationship with the Pavel Haas Quartet, winning a Gramophone Award in 2018 for their Dvořák Piano Quintet on Supraphon, and joining them in 2019–20 at Wigmore Hall, and in Bristol and Cambridge. They will also embark on a US and North America tour, performing in Kansas City, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Vancouver, Quebec and Montreal.
In 2018 he won Best Soloist Recording (20/21st century) at the inaugural Opus Klassik Awards for his Naxos recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto, coupled with the Études-Tableaux. He won a Diapason d’Or for his first concerto recording, the Shostakovich concertos with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, coupled with his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8; and his Schumann and Beethoven solo discs on Naxos have been similarly well received. His 2012 Orchid release of the Prokofiev Sonatas was shortlisted for the Critics’ Award at the Classical Brits. Latterly his Rachmaninov Preludes and Liszt Transcendental Études once again attracted rave reviews.
Born in 1984 in Moscow, Giltburg moved to Tel Aviv at an early age, studying with his mother and then with Arie Vardi. He went on to win numerous awards, most recently the Second (and Audience) Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2011, and in 2013 won First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, catapulting his career to a new level. In 2015 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos Records. Giltburg is an avid amateur photographer and blogger, writing about classical music for a non-specialist audience.
For more information, please visit www.borisgiltburg.com.
Filming Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux all night – an article by Gramophone magazine | Listen to the music on YouTube
A German interview with Boris Giltburg by Pizzicato