At once a prodigious virtuoso and an erudite poet, Boris Berezovsky embodies the moving character of Russian piano.
Boris Berezovsky, born in Moscow in 1969, studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and took private lessons with Alexander Satz. After a dazzling debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1988, he was awarded the gold medal in 1990 at Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition, where he played with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, with artists Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Jessye Norman. In 1991, Mr Berezovsky made his American debut in Fort Worth, Texas, and gave his first French performance at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris.
He has since played the world’s most prestigious stages in London, Paris, Rome, Zurich, Munich, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Montreal, Vienna, Bern, Budapest and Tokyo. In 2006, he received the 2006 Instrumental Award from the BBC Music Magazine.
Mr Berezovsky is regularly invited to perform at major music festivals, such as those of Gstaad, La Roque d’Anthéron, Verbier, Bergamo and Brescia. He is also a frequent guest artist, playing with the Orchestre National de France, the Dallas, Bolshoi and Birmingham symphony orchestras; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin, Los Angeles, New York and Munich philharmonic orchestras; the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Hamberger Symphoniker, the Ulster Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris. He has worked under myriad conductors, including Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, Alexander Vedernikov, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Kitayenko, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin, Dmitri Liss and Kurt Masur.
For chamber music, Boris Berezovsky partners with Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Alexander Ghindin, Michael Collins, Henri Demarquette, Alexander Melnikov, in trios with Dmitri Makhtin and Alexander Kniazev and with the Borodin, Britten, Endellion and Takacs string quartets. He was the loyal partner of Brigitte Engerer, both in the studio and on stage.
Since 2014, Mr Berezovsky has been serving as Artistic Director for the Music of the Earth Festival in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and the Festival Pianoscope in Beauvais, founded by Brigitte Engerer.
His impressive discography, which has won numerous awards (Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique, Gramophone, Echo Klassik Preist, and others), released on Teldec Classics International, Philips, Simax and Warner Classics, includes works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Liadov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Medtner, Liszt, Beethoven and the two Mendelssohn trios with Dmitri Makhtin and Alexander Kniazev.
In 2016/2017, his performances will include a recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Beethovenhalle Bonn, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Bratislava Festival, and concertos with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.