Pianist Boris Giltburg is the 2013 first-prize winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition held in Brussels, launching his career to a new international standing. He has won widespread acclaim for his recording of Prokofiev‘s War Sonatas and his Washington debut at the Phillips includes the third of this set, the Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 84, No. 8.
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
10 Preludes, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 84, No. 8
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
“Powerful, intuitive performances, executed with stylistic understanding and arresting presence.”
—The Daily Telegraph, August 2012
Born in 1984 in Moscow, Boris Giltburg began his piano studies with his mother at the age of five. He has lived in Tel Aviv since early childhood, where he studied with Arie Vardi. He has received many awards for international competitions, notably at Santander (top prize and Audience Prize, 2002) and the Rubinstein (2nd prize and Best Classical Concerto, 2011). In 2013 he received first-prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, as a result of which his already flourishing international career has been catapulted to a new level, with a packed diary of additional concert engagements across the globe.
Since his breakthrough appearance with the Philharmonia in 2007 Giltburg has been an annual visitor to the Royal Festival Hall in London, and made his BBC Proms debut in 2010 with the BBC Scottish Symphony. Last season he made his London Philharmonic debut, and is a popular guest with many UK orchestras. He has also appeared with DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony, Prague Symphony - to name a few.
Having toured the U.S. as a teenager with the Israel Chamber, he made his North American orchestra debut in 2007 with the Indianapolis Symphony. Giltburg made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic in February 2005, and regularly appears with all the major orchestras and in the leading recital series in Israel. He made his Tokyo debut in 2005, toured China for the first time in 2007 and played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2010. He has toured South America several times a season since 2002.
He has collaborated with conductors such as Alsop, Brabbins, De Waart, Dohnanyi, Entremont, Fedoseyev, Neeme Jaervi, Karabits, Krivine, Lintu, Luisotti, Petrenko, Saraste, Segerstam, Sokhiev, Soustrot, and Tortelier.
Giltburg has played recitals to audiences across Europe in major venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Paris Louvre, Zurich Tonhalle, Wigmore Hall, London’s Southbank Centre, at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Madrid Sony Auditorium. Festival appearances have included the Klavierfest am Ruhr, Schwetzingen, Luzern, Piano aux Jacobins and Cheltenham. Last season he made his recital debuts at the Beijing NCPA and New Zealand Piano Festival. He regularly plays chamber music with members of the Israel Philharmonic.
In August 2012 Giltburg released the Prokofiev War sonatas on the Orchid label, appearing in Gramophone as ‘Editor’s Choice’ and receiving 5 stars in the Daily Telegraph: “These performances of Prokofiev’s three ‘War’ Sonatas eclipse all others on record - even those tirelessly and justifiably celebrated performances by Richter and Gilels” (Gramophone, Oct 2012, Editor’s Choice). In March 2013 the disc was the first release on the Orchid label to make it into the Specialist Classical Album Chart.
Giltburg has previously recorded for the EMI Debut label and has a live recital DVD available on VAI. He was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2008.
Boris Giltburg performs two Etudes Tableaux from Op. 39 by Rachmaninoff.