Boris Berezovsky, piano
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"Here, surely, we have the truest successor to the great Russian pianists"
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Boris Berezovsky has established a great reputation, both as 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 debut at the 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 Tchaïkovsky Competition in Moscow.

Boris Berezovsky is regularly invited by the most prominent orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Hungarian National Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Philharmonia of London, Orchestra Santa Cecilia Roma, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, …

Boris Berezovsky is often invited to the most prestigious international recitals series : The Berlin Philharmonic Piano serie, Concertgebouw International piano serie and the Royal Festival Hall Internatinal Piano series in London, to the great stages as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Royal Festival Hall of London, Palace of fine Arts in Brussells, Konzerthaus of Vienna, the Megaron in Athena… and to the most famous internatonal festivals in Verbier, Salzbourg, la Roque d’Anthéron…

His partners in Chamber Music are Vadim Repin and the Borodin Quartet. In August 2004, the DVD of The Tchaïkovsky Pieces for piano, violin and cello and Trio Elegiaque “A La Mémoire d’un grand artiste” recorded by the Trio B.Berezovsky, D.Makhtin, A.Kniazev received the Diapason d'Or. The DVD was broadcasted on the TV channels ARTE and NHK in Japan. In October 2004, with Warner Classics International, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Kniazev and Dmitri Makhtin recorded the Shostakovitch Trio n°2 and Rachmaninov Trio Elégiaque n°2, which were awarded Choc de la Musique in France, the Gramophone in England, and the Echo Classic 2005 in Germany.

With Teldec, Boris Berezovksy has recorded works of 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, The BBC Music Magazine and the Sunday Independent. Boris Berezovsky also won the BBC Music Magazine Awards in March 2006 as Best Instrumentalist. His solo live recording Chopin/Godowsky was highly praised.

With Mirare, 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 which received several great prizes. He recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall of London and at La Grange de Meslay in Tours a CD devoted to Liszt. The artist also recorded with his partners : Brigitte Engerer and Henri Demarquette Saint-Saëns’s Carnaval des Animaux (CHOC of the year 2010).

His next engagements include, among others, concerts with : Russian National Rochestra/ Mikhail Pletnev, Orchestre de Paris/Andreï Boreyko, Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth, Hong Kong Philharmonic/Jaap Van Zwenden…, tours  in Asia with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, in Europe with the Deutsches Symphony-Orchester/Tugan Sokhiev, in Russia (Mariinsky…) with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra/Dimitri Liss, recitals and chamber music in the most prestigious halls and festivals (Royal Festival Hall of London, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Suntory Hall of Tokyo…). Boris Berezovsky took over the work of her friend Brigitte Engerer becoming artistic director of the Festival Pianoscope Beauvais.