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Boris Belkin

Boris Belkin (violin) , Belgium

 

Boris Belkin began studying the violin at the age of six, and made his first public appearance when he was seven with Kyrill Kondrashin. He studied first at the Central Music School in the Moscow Conservatory with Professors Yankeievitz, Glezarova and Andrievsky. While still a student he played all over the Soviet Union with leading national orchestras, and in 1973 won first prize in the Soviet National competition for Violinists.

In 1974 he emigrated to the west and since then has performed all over the world with many of the leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland, Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Concertgebouw, and the major British Orchestras.

Boris Belkin has been featured in many television productions: a film biography of Jean Sibelius, Performing the Sibelius Concerto with the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Ashkenazy: with Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto: with Bernstein and the Orchestra National de France playing Ravel's Tzigane: and with Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Mozart and Paganini No. 1.

Conductors with whom he has collaborated, include Bernstein, Ashkenazy, Mehta, Maazel, Muti, Ozawa, Kurt Sanderling, Temirkanov, Dohnanyi, Dutoit, Gelmetti, Herbig, Tennstedt, Rattle, Haitink, Berglund, Mata, Chung, Hirokami, Fedoseyev, Ahronovitch, Welser-Most, Kogan, Lazalev, Simonov and many others.

His First recording, Paganini No. 1 with the Israel Philharmonic and Mehta, was highly acclaimed. His other discs for Decca include the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Concertos with The Philharmonia and Ashkenazy, Strauss Concerto with Berlin Radio and Ashkenazy, Prokofiev Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 with the London Symphony and Kondrashin, the Brahms Concerto with the LSO and Fischer. For Denon he has recorded the Prokofiev Concertos with the Zurich Tonhalle and Michael Stern: the Sibelius and Bruch Concertos, and Shostakovich No. 1 and the Glazunov Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic and Junichi Hirokami: the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the London Philharmonic and Stern: the Mozart Concerto in A major K219 and Sinfonia Concertante with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and Brahms Sonatas with Michel Dalberto.

In 1997 Isaac Stern invited Mr. Belkin to perform with him at the Miyazaki Festival.

Boris Belkin also dedicates himself to the chamber music repertory, performing with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky and many others.

His 2008-2009 season, he has a tour with St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Temirkanov, a tour in South America and in Europe, concerts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Concerts with Gewandhaus orchestra with Slatkin and Staatskapelle Dresden with Dutoit.

Season 2009-2010 he has concerts in Moscow and in Sydney with Ashkenazy performing Prokofiev concerto No. 1 and No. 2, tours in Japan with Temirkanov and Hirokami, and concerts in South America.

Since 1985 Boris Belkin has held master classes in Siena, Italy, at the famed Academia Chigiana.