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.
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.