Portland Piano International is pleased to welcome Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg to Portland for recitals on November 10 & 11, 2018. Both performances will take place at 4pm in Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall; this is Mr. Giltburg’s Portland debut. He recently received a prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Award, winning in the Chamber music category for his recording with the Pavel Haas Quartet of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No 2.
“Boris Giltburg is one of those amazing musicians whose genius does not end at the keyboard,” says executive director Ellen Bergstone Wasil. “He is a fascinating individual who explores the visual world through his photography and discovers aspects of classical music through his many writings…in multiple languages! This intellectual curiosity then informs his musical artistry. We look forward to experiencing his passion for classical music live on stage!”
Mr. Giltburg won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2013, furthering his international career. He has appeared with symphonies across the globe, including the London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony. 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. Mr. Giltburg has also performed recitals in various premier recital halls, including Carnegie Hall, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, London’s Southbank Centre, Paris’ Louvre and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
His program on Saturday, November 10 will include:
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, M. 68
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, No. 23 "Appassionata"
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73 (arr. for piano by B. Giltburg)
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28
On Sunday, November 11 the program includes:
Rachmaninov: Prelude No. 1 in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2; Ten Preludes, Op. 23; Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32
Lincoln Hall is located at 1620 SW Park in Portland. Tickets are available at portlandpiano.org or 503.228.1388. Tickets range from $55 (keyboard) to $45 (non-keyboard).
Additionally, 30-minute "Pre-concert Conversations" will take place with Bill Crane at 3:15pm on stage in Lincoln Hall before the November 10 and November 11 performances.
About Boris Giltburg
Boris Giltburg has appeared with many leading orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony. 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, London Southbank Centre, Louvre and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
This season Giltburg is Resident Artist in Brussels at both Flagey & Bozar, performing in recital and with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie / Paavo Jaervi and Brussels Philharmonic / Denève; he is also Artist in Residence in The Hague with the Residentie Orkest under Nicholas Collon, with whom he appears at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In North America he plays for the first time with the Pacific Symphony / Gernon, Utah Symphony / Fischer and NAC Ottawa / Shelley. Engagements in the UK include his debut with the Halle Orchestra and returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, CBSO and Bournemouth Symphony. Recital appearances this season include Southbank’s International Piano Series, Radio France, Bilbao Philharmonic Society, and Liszt Raiding Festival. He also tours Europe with the Pavel Haas Quartet, and was featured on their acclaimed 2017 Supraphon Dvorak quintets release.
In 2017 Naxos released Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto, coupled with the Etudes-Tableaux op.33. This followed Giltburg’s first concerto CD released in 2016, which won him a Diapason d’Or for the Shostakovich concerti with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, coupled with his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet. His Schumann, Beethoven and Rachmaninov solo discs for Naxos have been similarly well received. His 2012 Orchid release of the Prokofiev Sonatas was shortlisted for the critics’ award at the Classical Brits, and was closely followed by a Romantic sonatas disc (Rachmaninov, Liszt, Grieg).
Boris is an avid amateur photographer and blogger, writing about classical music for a non-specialist audience.