Boris Kuschnir was born in Kiev in 1948 and studied the violin at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with Boris Belenky and chamber music with Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet. His many encounters with Dmitri Shostakovich and David Oistrakh (with whom he also studied), had a lasting influence on his artistic development. Both as soloist and chamber musician he has made numerous recordings, notably the complete Mozart piano trios for EMI.
Boris Kuschnir also has a world-wide reputation as great violin teacher. Being Professor at both the Konservatorium Wien University and at the University of Music in Graz, his reputation as a teacher has won international recognition.