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Boris Belkin

  • Violinist


While still a student Boris Belkin 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, and the major British orchestras. Boris Belkin has been featured in many television productions: a film biography of Jean Sibelius, playing 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 Orchestre National de France playing Ravel's Tzigane; and with Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Other conductors with whom he has collaborated include Ahronovitch, Benzi, Berglund, Chung, Dohnanyi, Dutoit, Herbig, Leinsdorf, Maazel, Mehta, Muti, Ozawa, Kurt Sanderling, Simonov, Temirkanov, Tennstedt and Welser-Most. 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 Ashkenzazy, Prokofiev Concertos Nos 1 and 2 with the London Symphony and Kondrashin, the Brahms Concerto with the LSO and Fischer, and the Strauss Concerto with the Berlin Radio Orchestra and Ashkenazy.

For Denon he has recorded the Prokofiev Concertos with the Zurich Tonhalle and Michael Stern; the Sibelius and Bruch Concertos, and Shostakovich 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 the Sinfonia Concertante with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and the Brahms Sonatas with Michel Dalberto.

Each summer Boris Belkin gives masterclasses in Siena, Italy, at the famed Accademia Chigiana.