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(b 1984 )

The young Moscow-born Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg is lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling musician. Born in 1984 in Moscow, he 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 notably the First (and audience) Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, 2013.

Giltburg has appeared with many leading orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony, WDR Cologne, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Oslo Philharmonic, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony.

He made his BBC Proms debut in 2010, his Australian debut in 2017 (with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras), and has frequently toured South America and China, as well as Germany with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He has played recitals in leading venues such as the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Southbank Centre in London, Bozar in Brussels and the Louvre.

In 2018 he won Best Soloist Recording (20th/21st century) at the inaugural Opus Klassik Awards for his Naxos recording of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto, coupled with the Études-tableaux (8.573629), winning many plaudits also for his follow-up recording of the Third Piano Concerto and Corelli Variations with the same forces (8.573630). He won a Diapason d’Or for his first concerto recording of the Shostakovich concerti with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, coupled with his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet (8.573666)—and his solo recordings of Rachmaninov (8.574025), Liszt (8.573981), Schumann (8.573399) and Beethoven (8.573400) have been similarly well received.

Boris 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

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