Ben Gernon, guest conductor
Boris Giltburg, piano
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Gramophone places pianist Boris Giltburg “among the truly memorable Rachmaninoff interpreters, an elect including Moiseiwitsch, Horowitz, Kappel, Richter and Cliburn. Giltberg’s 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.”
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Stravinsky had the star-making “Firebird” behind him and the epoch-launching “Rite of Spring” in front of him when he composed the ballet “Petrushka.” Its scene is a Russian carnival, the main characters a trio of puppets. The vibrant colors of the instrumentation, the bustling harmonies and rustic dances capture it all unmistakably, in one of the composer’s most engaging fancies.
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” (The 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” (Süddeutsche 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).
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.
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.