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Boris Giltburg


  • 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 it unfolded. The cycle, released on Naxos on all the major digital platforms - and subsequently as a boxed set - 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 extended to the stage platform, as he performed the last four sonatas throughout the 20/21 season. He is recording the complete Beethoven piano concerti with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, performed them as a cycle on three consecutive nights with the Brussels Philharmonic at the 2020 Flagey Piano Festival, and appeared in the 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, Teatro Colon, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Tokyo Toppan Hall and Wiener Konzerthaus.  In 2021-2023 he plays the complete solo works of Ravel at Wigmore Hall and in Brussels at BOZAR and Flagey, also performing part of the cycle at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw. In Autumn 2021 he curates the chamber music series of the Dvorak Prague Festival.

    Collaborations with major conductor and orchestras worldwide include 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.  In 2021/22 he debuts with Santa Cecilia di Roma with Kirill Petrenko, and Orchestre National de France with Cristian Macelaru, also returning to the Royal Philharmonic with Vasily Petrenko, Halle Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder and Netherlands Philharmonic with Mark Wigglesworth.

    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. 

    2021/22 season / 603 words. Not to be altered without permission.
    Boris Giltburg is represented by Intermusica.


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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

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

Piano Concerto in G major
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

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. 5 Op.103

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


Granados: Goyescas, Op.11: Quejas, o la maja y el ruiseñor
Albéniz: El Albaicín (from Iberia)
Ravel: Miroirs, M.43
Mompou: selection from the 'Cançons i danses'
Rachmaninoff: Six moments musicaux, Op.16


Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.28
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178


Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M.61
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55
Liszt: Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S.434
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178




J.S. Bach: Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004: 5. Ciaccona (arr. Busoni for Piano)
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte, M.19
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
Medtner: Piano Sonata No.10 in A minor, Op.38, No.1 'reminiscenza'
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68


Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38
Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47
Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
Prokofiev: Selection from Romeo and Juliet Op. 75
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55


Rachmaninoff complete Preludes (Op.3/2, 10 Preludes Op.23, 13 Preludes Op.32)


Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux Op.39
Beethoven sonatas Op.109, 110, & 111


Beethoven Op.106
Beethoven sonatas Op.109, 110, & 11


Liszt Transcendental Etudes (complete)
Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux Op.39

Further programmes upon request.

"These interpretations are enormously pleasurable and at times revelatory…Giltburg’s pianism is ideally suited to late Beethoven"

Five stars (Performance), Four stars (Recording)

BBC Music Magazine, June 2021

"It typifies what one might hope for in a traversal of familiar repertory by an outstanding young artist: fresh perspective on terrain one thought one knew, shedding new light in view of current realities, sincerely expressed with commitment and originality"

Gramophone, November 2020

"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


Intermusica represents Boris Giltburg worldwide

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Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9920

Molly Goldstone
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 3929 9661

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