Boris Berezovsky, piano

Voronezh Academic Symphony OrchestraConductor – Igor Verbitsky
Main program
8 June 2013Saturday
Philharmonic Hall

Boris Berezovsky is usually called "the new Richter". He has established a reputation as one of the most powerful of virtuoso pianists and as a musician gifted with a unique insight and a great sensitivity.

Born in Moscow, Boris Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz.  Subsequent to his London début at Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as ‘an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power’.  Two years later he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Boris Berezovsky is regularly invited by the most prominent orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.  Among conductors with whom he has collaborated are Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexander Lazarev, Andrew Litton, Mikhail Pletnev and Antonio Pappano.  He made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2012.

In chamber music, Boris Berezovsky’s regular partners include Vadim Repin, Dmitri Makhtin and Alexander Kniazev.

Boris Berezovsky is often invited to the most prestigious international recitals series: the Berlin Philharmonic piano series, Concertgebouw International Piano Series and the Royal Festival Hall International Piano Series in London and to such great stages as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Megaron in Athens.

With Teldec, Boris Berezovksy has recorded works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Medtner, Ravel and the complete Liszt Transcendental Studies.  His recording of the Rachmaninov sonatas was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and his Ravel disc was recommended by Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, BBC Music Magazine and Independent on Sunday.  Boris Berezovsky also won the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2006.

In October 2004, with Warner Classics International, the Berezovsky Trio recorded Shostakovich Trio no.2 and Rachmaninov Trio Elégiaque no.2, which were awarded the Choc de la Musique in France, the Gramophone in the UK and the Echo Classic 2005 in Germany.  His solo live recording of the Chopin/Godowsky Etudes, released in January 2006, received the Diapason d'Or and the RTL d'Or.

With Mirare Harmonia Mundi, Boris Berezovsky recorded the Rachmaninov Preludes as well as the complete Rachmaninov piano concertos with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Liss, and another CD for two pianos dedicated to Rachmaninov with Brigitte Engerer.  A Liszt album was released in January 2010; this was recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall and at La Grange de Meslay in Tours.

In addition, Boris Berezovsky is the initiator, founder and artistic director of the International «Medtner Festival», which from 2006 has been organized in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Vladimir.