Boris Berman - piano
The artistry of Boris Berman is well known to the audiences of over forty countries on six continents. His highly acclaimed performances have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philharmonia (London), the Toronto Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish Orchestra. A frequent performer in major recital series, he has also appeared in important festivals, such as Marlboro, Waterloo, Bergen, Ravinia and Israel Festival, to name a few.
Born in Moscow, Boris Berman studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin and graduated with distinction as both pianist and harpsichordist. He performed extensively throughout the Soviet Union as a recitalist and appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber orchestras.
In 1973, Boris Berman left a flourishing career in the Soviet Union to immigrate to Israel. He quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after keyboard performers, as well as one of this country's more influential musical personalities. Presently, he resides in USA.
Boris Berman has been the Founding Director of the Music Spectrum concert series in Israel (1975-84) and of the Yale Music Spectrum series in the USA (1984-1997). These concert series were hailed by the critics for the inventiveness of their programming.
Mr. Berman is an active performer of chamber music. He had appeared in numerous concerts and festivals with such artists and groups as Misha Maisky, Heinz Holliger, Aurele Nicolet, Shlomo Mintz, Gyorgy Pauk, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, Natalia Gutman, Tokyo Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, The Netherlands Wind Ensemble and many others.
A dedicated teacher of international stature, Boris Berman has served on the faculties of the world's finest schools, such as Indiana (Bloomington), Boston, Brandeis and Tel-Aviv universities. Currently, he heads the Piano Department at Yale School of Music . He also conducts master classes throughout the world. He has been the Founding Director of the Yale Summer Piano Institute (1990-92) and of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong (1995-97).
Mr Berman's ability to recognize and commitment to nurture young talents are obvious reasons for him being invited to join panels of jurors of various national and international competitions, such as those in Leeds, Dublin and the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv.
In 2000, Yale University Press published Boris Berman's "Notes from the Pianist's Bench", a book very well received by the public and by professionals. In this book, Professor Berman draws on his vast experience as a performer and a teacher to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. He is often invited to give lectures on these subjects in various universities and conferences around the world.
In the field of recordings, Mr. Berman's acclaimed releases on Philips, Deutsche Gramophon and Melodia labels have been complemented with 2 CDs of all the piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin for the Music and Arts label and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo recordings), which received the Edison Classic Award in Holland, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy. The recording of three Prokofiev Concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi conducting (Chandos) marked the beginning of an ambitious project of recording the complete Prokofiev solo piano works, released on nine Chandos CDs to great critical acclaim. Mr Berman was the first pianist ever to undertake this task,. In addition, Chandos has issued Mr. Berman's recitals of works by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Schnittke, as well as chamber music of Janacek, and - together with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Neeme Jarvi - Concerto by Stravinsky. Berman's most recent discography shows the breadth of his repertoire: a disc "Debussy for Children" (Ottavo); two releases of works for prepared piano by John Cage (Naxos), which was named the Top Recording by the BBC Music Magazine; Piano Quintets of Shostakovich and Schnittke with Vermeer Quartet (Naxos, nominated for a Grammy award); and, surprisingly, a recording of Scott Joplin's Ragtimes (Ottavo). In 2003-2004, Mr. Berman appears with orchestras, as well as in festivals and recitals, in USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Italy, Israel, and Korea.
Link to Boris Berman's own website: www.borisberman.com
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He negotiated the wrist-breaking runs without visible effort
thoughtful, poetic performance... breathtaking facility
The Courant, USA
Poetical refinement and intense musicality
New York Times