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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).

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  • Giltburg is widely 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). To celebrate Rachmaninov’s 150th anniversary in 2023, Giltburg continues his cycle of recordings of Rachmaninov’s solo works and has released the last disc in his acclaimed Rachmaninov concerto cycle. To coincide with this, Giltburg’s plans have included Rachmaninov concerti with Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony at the Barbican, with Tomáš Netopil and the Czech Philharmonic at the Rudolfinum, with Nicholas Collon and the Finnish Radio Symphony, with Krzysztof Urbański and the Dresden Philharmonic, and the complete cycle with the Brussels Philharmonic and Giancarlo Guerrero at Flagey. Recital appearances in 2023 featuring Rachmaninov include Stuttgart Liederhalle, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Duesseldorf Tonhalle, Birmingham Town Hall, Spivey Hall, Atlanta and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.


    In recent years Giltburg has engaged in a series of in-depth explorations of other major composers also. Over the past two seasons he has explored the complete works of Maurice Ravel, performing the solo works shared amongst Bozar, Flagey and the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, and the whole cycle at Wigmore Hall, finishing with the violin sonatas in October 2023 in a new collaboration with Alina Ibragimova. He played the Ravel concerti with the Orchestre National de France/Macelaru at Bozar, Brussels Philharmonic/Prieto at Flagey, and Residentie Orkest/Bihlmaier at the Concertgebouw. This season Giltburg begins an exploration of Chopin’s music, which includes three recitals at Wigmore Hall.


    To celebrate the Beethoven anniversary in 2020 he 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. "These interpretations are enormously pleasurable and at times revelatory…Giltburg’s pianism is ideally suited to late Beethoven" (five stars, BBC Music Magazine). He also recorded the complete concerti with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, appeared in the BBC TV series “Being Beethoven” and performed both concerti and sonatas in concert. 


    Giltburg regularly plays recitals in the world’s most prestigious halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus and Southbank Centre. He has worked with many top orchestras and conductors across the world including with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Santa Cecilia di Roma, and at the BBC Proms.


    Giltburg is a consummate recording artist and has been exclusive to Naxos since 2015, winning the Opus Klassik Award for Best Soloist Recording for Rachmaninov concerti and Etudes Tableaux; a Diapason d’Or for Shostakovich concerti and his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet; and a Choc de Classica Award for Rachmaninov concerti. He also won a Gramophone Award for the Dvořák Piano Quintet on Supraphon with the Pavel Haas Quartet, as well as a Diapason d’Or and Choc de Classica for their joint release of the Brahms Piano Quintet.


    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, which he complements 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, garnering over one million views.

    2023/24 season / 629 words, as of 12 January 2024. Not to be altered without permission from Intermusica Artists' Management.


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

21/22


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


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

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


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22/23


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
interval
Medtner: Piano Sonata No.10 in A minor, Op.38, No.1 'reminiscenza'
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M.68


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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
interval
Prokofiev: Selection from Romeo and Juliet Op. 75
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55


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


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


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


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Liszt Transcendental Etudes (complete)
interval
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

"Giltburg gave us a truly great piano recital in the Stuttgart Meisterpianisten series...a huge spectrum of expressive nuances and technical skills...Giltburg gives meaning to every note without a hint of mannerism...a tonal intimacy that hardly lets you breathe...a truly great piano recital that will have left its mark on everybody present"

Stuttgarter Zeitung, May 2023

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