Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg was born in Moscow in 1984 and received his first piano lessons from his mother aged 5, then trained in Israel with the pianist and conductor Arie Vardi. Competition successes include second prize at the Rubinstein Competition in 2011 and first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition two years later; early recordings include Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for Warner Classics in 2006 (‘the 22-year-old Russian is completely inside Musorgsky’s multiple personalities’ – BBC Music Magazine), a live recital from the Miami International Piano Festival that same year (available on DVD from VAI), and Prokofiev’s ‘War Sonatas’ on Orchid Classics. In 2015 he signed a long-term agreement with Naxos, for whom he has recorded solo piano works by Beethoven, Schumann and Rachmaninov, and concertos by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov; his discography also includes Dvořák’s Piano Quintet with the Pavel Haas Quartet on Supraphon, which won a Gramophone Award in 2018.
Further Reading: Boris Giltburg
David talks to the Russian-born Israeli pianist about his recording of the Études d'exécution transcendante, released last Friday on Naxos.
Recording of the Week, Dvořák Quintets from the Pavel Haas Quartet, with Boris Giltburg and Pavel Nikl
James enjoys a much-anticipated new release from the Pavel Haas Quartet (and two formidable guest players): stunning performances of Dvořák's Piano Quintet op. 81 and the String Quintet op. 97.