|Origin Moscow, Soviet Union|
Education Moscow Conservatory
|Years active 1988 to present|
Genres Classical music
Name Boris Berezovsky
|Birth name Borís Vadímovich Berezóvskii|
Born January 4, 1969 (age 46) (1969-01-04)
Albums Piano Concerto no. 3 / Triple Concerto
Movies Legato: The World of the Piano: Boris Berezovsky
Similar People Brigitte Engerer, Vadim Repin, Denis Matsuev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Medtner
Boris Vadimovich Berezovsky (Russian: Бори́с Вади́мович Березо́вский; born January 4, 1969, in Moscow) is a Russian virtuoso pianist.
Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz. Following his London début at the Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as "an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power."
In May 2005 he had his first solo recital in Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and played in the same venue in January 2006 with the Orchestre National de France. In January 2007 he played seven recitals "Carte Blanche" in the Louvre. In May 2009, he premiered Karol Beffa's "Piano concerto" in Toulouse, with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Tugan Sokhiev as conductor.
Berezovsky works regularly as a soloist with orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Monnaie, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Hamburg, the Hessischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Dmitri Kitajenko, Antonio Pappano, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit.
He has a partnership with violinist Vadim Repin and has worked with other colleagues, including Julian Rachlin, Michael Collins, Ralph Kirshbaum, Boris Pergamenschikov, Brigitte Engerer, Hamish Milne, Akiko Suwanai, Dmitri Makhtin and Alexander Kniazev.
He has initiated and organized the International Medtner Festival that took place 2006 and 2007 in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Vladimir, as he has championed the composer since the early 1990s and has been one of the foremost recent interpreters of Medtner's music.
Berezovsky's recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard have been greeted with high critical acclaim. He has made a considerable number of records for Teldec, including solo discs of works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Medtner, Ravel and the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudes.
With the Mirare Label, he has recorded the Rachmaninoff Préludes (May 2005) as well as that composer's complete Piano Concertos with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Liss (August 2005). His album Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and Khachaturian Piano Сoncerto (Ural Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Liss) was released on April 2006 in the UK.
The most recent recordings are Medtner Tales & Poems with Yana Ivanilova (soprano), Vassily Savenko (baritone) (Mirare 2008), Medtner Two pieces for two pianos, Op. 58, with Hamish Milne (piano) in: Medtner Complete Piano Sonatas; Piano Works — Vol. 7 (Brilliant Classics 2008), Rachmaninoff Suite No. 1 for two pianos, Op. 5 & Suite No. 2 for two pianos, Op. 17, with Brigitte Engerer (piano) (Mirare 2008). In 2010 Berezovsky released a record of his Liszt recital (Mirare 2008). His recording of selected works by Brahms (Piano Concerto No. 2, Variations on a Theme of Paganini, and Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 2 & 4) was released in January 2011 (Mirare). More recently, Berezovsky released a recording of the Piano Concerto no. 2 by Tchaikovsky and other selected works (also with Mirare).
Berezovsky won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Berezovsky, who has been married twice, has 3 children.