A player of dazzling virtuosity and a refined poet, Boris Berezovsky is the truest moving Russian pianist.
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 1991 Boris Berezovsky made his American debut at Fort Worth in Texas and in France at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris.
Since then, he has performed regularly in recital series and venues worldwide: London, Paris, Rome, Zurich, Munich, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Montréal, Vienna, Bern, Budapest, Prague, Tokyo; 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. 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.
He is also invited to numerous festivals such as the ones of Gstaad, La Roque d’Anthéron, Verbier, Bergamo Brescia, Salzburg, 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, Michael Collins, Henri Demarquette, Michael Guttman, Alexandre Melnikov, Alexander Kniazev and Dmitri Makhtin as well as the Borodine, Britten, Endellion and Takacs quartets. For many years, he was the faithful partner of Brigitte Engerer.
Last season, he performed the concertos of Brahms, Stravinsky, or Beethoven in a format of which he has become fond: concerts with orchestra, without conductor. Mirare released his latest album, recorded with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ without conductor and dedicated to the Brahms and Stravinsky concertos, on 26 January 2018. Following this in November 2018, guest of the Svetlanov Universe Festival, he triumphed with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’, with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. He also achieved the same success in Budapest with the Concerto Budapest in the No. 1 concertos of Brahms, No. 1 of Prokofiev and No. 2 of Shostakovich.
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.”
2019-20 will see a recital tour of France, featuring performances in Toulouse, Nancy, Annecy and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. He will appear again at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov, and will return to the St Petersburg Philharmonie with the orchestra to perform two Chopin concertos, without conductor. Continuing on in the configuration of concertos without a conductor, he will tour in Spain with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.
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.
In 2014 he was appointed Artistic Director of the “Music of the Earth” Festival in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
“Here, surely, we have the truest successor to the great Russian pianists.” Gramophone