A phenomenal virtuoso and refined poet, Boris Berezovsky is the incarnation of the Russian piano.
Born in Moscow in 1969, Boris Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz. He made a stunning debut in London in 1988 at the Wigmore Hall and in 1990 won the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow where he played with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman and the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov. In 2006, he was awarded “Best Instrumentalist of the year” by the BBC Music Magazine Awards. 29th November 2016 saw his return to New York Carnegie Hall.
Internationally renowned pianist, Boris Berezovsky performs reguraly in recital on the most prestigious stages : London, Paris, Rome, Zurich, Munich, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Montréal, Vienna, Bern, Budapest, Prague, Tokyo such as Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Paris Philharmonie, Royal Festival Hall in London, Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Megaron in Athens, or New York Carnegie Hall. In June 2018, his recital at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées made resounding waves. Resmusica called the pianist "sovereign in everything he touches" and a "discreet artist in relation to some others, but how much higher than many of them."
He is also invited to numerous festivals such as the ones of Gstaad, La Roque d’Anthéron, Verbier, Bergamo Brescia, Salzburg, Montreux, Folle Journée de Nantes and Folle Journée Japan. He works as concerto soloist with the Orchestre National de France, Royal Concertgebouw, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Mariinsky Theatre, Santa Cecilia Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra as well as the symphonic orchestras of Dallas, Bolchoï and Birmingham and the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, Saint-Petersburg, Los Angeles, New York, Monte-Carlo, Munich, Radio France; with the conductors Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, Alexander Vedernikov, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Kitaenko, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin, Dimitri Liss and Kurt Masur…
In chamber music, Boris Berezovsky has played with Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Alexandre Gindin, Henri Demarquette, Dmitri Makhtin, Alexander Kniazev, Sergej Krilov as well as the Borodine, Britten, Endellion and Takacs quartets. For many years, he was the faithful partner of Brigitte Engerer.
Recently, he has been experimenting with an unusual configuration of concerts (with orchestra, without conductor) which he particularly appreciates. He performed in this form in the concertos of Brahms, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich or Beethoven with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra - Evgeny Svetlanov, the Budapest Concerto or the St. Petersburg Philharmony, among others.
Boris Berezovsky has recorded works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Liadov, Tchaïkovsky, Shostakovitch, Medtner, Liszt, Beethoven and Mendelssohn trios alongside Dmitri Makhtin and Alexander Kniazev, for labels including Teldec Classics International, Philips, Mirare, Simax and Warner Classics. Many of these esteemed recordings have received awards from Diapason d’or, Choc de la Musique, Gramophone and Echo Classic. Mirare released recently his latest album, recorded with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ without conductor and dedicated to the Brahms and Stravinsky concertos.
“Here, surely, we have the truest successor to the great Russian pianists.” Gramophone
Postponed - Boris Berezovsky & Khachaturian - Russian Magic
A very special kind of magic is present in many Russian songs and stories. The American composer Sean Shepherd pays tribute to this in his work Magiya, composed in 2013 for the American National Youth Orchestra that toured with Valery Gergiev.