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Boris Giltburg


  • The young Moscow-born, Israeli pianist is lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling interpreter. Critics have praised his “singing line, variety of touch and broad dynamic palette capable of great surges of energy” (Washington Post) as well as his impassioned, narrative-driven approach to performance: ”the interplay of spiritual calm and emphatic engagement is gripping, and one could not wish for a more illuminating, lyrical or more richly phrased interpretation” (Suddeutsche Zeitung). At home in repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Shostakovich, in recent years he has been increasingly recognized as a leading interpreter of Rachmaninov: “His originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique and motivated by a deep and abiding love for one of the 20th century’s greatest composer-pianists.” (Gramophone).

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  • Giltburg has appeared with many leading orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony, DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2010, his Australia debut last season (with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras) and has frequently toured to South America and China, also touring Germany with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He has played recitals in leading venues such as Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Louvre and Concertgebouw.

    This season Giltburg is Resident Artist in Brussels at both Flagey & Bozar, performing in recital and with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Paavo Järvi and Brussels Philharmonic and Stéphane Denève; he is also Artist in Residence in The Hague with the Residentie Orkest under Nicholas Collon, with whom he appears at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In North America he plays for the first time with the Pacific Symphony and Ben Gernon, Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer and NAC Ottawa Alexander Shelley. Engagements in the UK include his debut with the Hallé Orchestra and returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras. Recital appearances this season include the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, Radio France, Bilbao Philharmonic Society, and Liszt Raiding Festival. He also tours Europe with the Pavel Haas Quartet, and was featured on their acclaimed 2017 Supraphon Dvořák quintets release.

    In 2017 Naxos released Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto, coupled with the Études-Tableaux Op.33. This followed Giltburg’s first concerto release which won him a Diapason d’Or for the Shostakovich concerti with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, coupled with his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8. His Schumann, Beethoven and Rachmaninov solo discs for Naxos have been similarly well received. His 2012 Orchid release of the Prokofiev Sonatas was shortlisted for the critics’ award at the Classical Brits, and was closely followed by a Romantic sonatas disc (Rachmaninov, Liszt, Grieg).

    Born in 1984 in Moscow, Boris Giltburg moved to Tel Aviv at an early age, studying with his mother and then with Arie Vardi. He went on to win numerous awards, most recently the second (and audience) prize at the Rubinstein in 2011, and in 2013 he won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, catapulting his career to a new level. In 2015 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos Records.

    Boris is an avid amateur photographer and blogger, writing about classical music for a non-specialist audience.

    2017-18 season, updated February 2018 / 560 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Concerto repertoire

Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052

Piano Concerto No.3

Piano Concerto No.1
Piano Concerto No.2
Piano Concerto No.3
Piano Concerto No.4
Piano Concerto No.5

Piano Concerto No.1
Piano Concerto No.2

Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor

Nursery Variations

Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto in F

Piano Concerto

Piano Concerto for clavier and orchestra in D Major Hob CVIII:11

Piano Concerto No.1

Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K450
Piano Concerto No.19 in F major, K459
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466
Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K 488
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K 491
Double concerto for 2 pianos K365

In the Wake of Ea

Piano Concerto No.1
Piano Concerto No.2
Piano Concerto No.3

Piano Concerto in G major

Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor
Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54

Piano Concerto

Piano Concerto No.1 Op.35
Piano Concerto No.2 Op.102

Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23
Piano Concerto No.2 in G major Op.44
Piano Concerto No.3 in E flat major Op.75 

Sample Programmes


Rachmaninov: Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano B Giltburg)
Medtner: Sonata in G minor, Op. 22 sonata
Scriabin: Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka


Liszt: Transcendental Etudes S.139
Rachmaninov: Etudes Tableaux Op. 39


Liszt: Transcendental Etudes S.139 (a selection)
Shostakovich : String Quartet No.8 in C minor (arr. for piano B Giltburg)
Rachmaninoff : Études-Tableaux, Op.39



Ravel – Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 'Appassionata'
Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 (arr. for piano B Giltburg)
Prokofiev : Piano Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28


Rachmaninov : Prelude No.1 in C-sharp minor, Op.3/2
Rachmaninov : Ten Preludes, Op.23
Rachmaninov : Thirteen Preludes, Op.32

Further programmes upon request.

this vision will place him among the truly memorable Rachmaninov interpreters, an elect including Moiseiwitsch, Horowitz, Kappel, Richter and Cliburn. His originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique and motivated by a deep and abiding love for one of the 20th century’s greatest composer-pianists.


We sometimes wondered if the pianist was conducting the orchestra or if the maestro himself was at the keyboard as the two characters were in symbiosis. The excitement was not lowered for the brilliant performance of Boris Giltburg, recalled twice after Prokofiev's acrobatic Piano Concerto No. 3: what flexibility and strength under the fingers of the winner of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition! A triumph


Biting and incisive and yet without needless aggression and with powerful, golden-brown sonority, bounding like a cat, a complete master of the idiom


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