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Boris Giltburg

Piano

  • The 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 a broad range of repertoire, 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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  • To celebrate the Beethoven anniversary in 2020 Giltburg embarked upon a unique project to record and film all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas across the year, blogging about the process as he goes. The cycle, released on Naxos on all the major digital platforms, combines the high production values of a studio recording with the immediacy of a live performance, resulting in a uniquely fresh and personal take on these pillars of repertoire. Giltburg’s intense focus on Beethoven extends to the stage platform, as he’ll be performing the last four sonatas throughout the 20/21 season. He is also recording the complete Beethoven piano concerti with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, has performed them as a cycle on three consecutive nights with the Brussels Philharmonic at the 2020 Flagey Piano Festival, and has appeared in a major BBC TV series “Being Beethoven”. 

    He regularly plays recitals in the world’s most prestigious halls, notably the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, London Southbank Centre, Prague Rudolfinum, Auditorium Radio France, Bozar Brussels, Teatro Colon, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Tokyo Toppan Hall and in 2021 the Wiener Konzerthaus.  Collaborations with major conductor and orchestras worldwide included the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, WDR, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Baltimore and Seattle symphonies and at the BBC Proms.


    Giltburg is a consummate recording artist. In 2015 he began a fruitful collaboration with Naxos Records, releasing a series of critically praised recordings of works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. His earlier album of Prokofiev’s War Sonatas was nominated for a Classical Brits Critics’ Award, and more recently he has won an Opus Klassik for Best Soloist Recording (Rachmaninov concerti and Etudes Tableaux); a Diapason d’Or (Shostakovich concerti and his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet), and a Gramophone Award for the Dvorak Piano Quintet on Supraphon with the Pavel Haas Quartet, with whom he has a long-standing collaboration.

    Giltburg feels a strong need to engage audiences beyond the concert hall. His blog “Classical music for all” is aimed at a non-specialist audience, and he complements it with articles in publications such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Guardian, Times and Fono Forum. During the lockdown period in spring 2020, Giltburg regularly streamed live performances and masterclasses from home; to this date these streams received more than 1 million views. 

    2020/21 season / 520 words. Not to be altered without permission.
    Boris Giltburg is represented by Intermusica.


Performances

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Concerto repertoire

Bach
Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052


Bartók
Piano Concerto No.3


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


Brahms
Piano Concerto No.1
Piano Concerto No.2


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


Dohnanyi
Nursery Variations


Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto in F


Grieg
Piano Concerto


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


Liszt
Piano Concerto No.1


Mozart
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


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


Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand


Rachmaninov
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


Saint-Saëns
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor


Schumann
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54


Scriabin
Piano Concerto


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


Saint-Saens
Piano Concerto No. 5 Op.103


Tchaikovsky
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

17/18


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

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


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


 


18/19


Ravel – Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Op.57 'Appassionata'
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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


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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.

"Astounding…Giltburg's control and precision in the run of semiquavers was breathtaking… power, precision and passion…Giltburg tackled it all – the forays into the pianistic stratosphere, the lyrical passages harking back to the second movement, the chromatic runs – with passion, dexterity and charm. A memorable performance"

Bachtrack, October 2019

"This is what great pianists such as a Giltburg (and Volodos) can do: build up a solid structure and yet give us the illusion that they are improvising"

Opus Klassiek, February 2019

"His sensitivity is abundantly demonstrated and he’s always careful to avoid climaxes becoming overbearing… absolute command of texture and clarity"

Gramophone, May 2019

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Intermusica represents Boris Giltburg worldwide

Susie Mcleod
Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9920
smcleod@intermusica.co.uk

Kimberley Bourlet
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9943
kbourlet@intermusica.co.uk

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