Lars Vogt & Boris Giltburg
During the Flagey Piano Days 2018, Brussels Philharmonic and music director Stéphane Denève join forces with piano royalty: Lars Vogt and Boris Giltburg.
During the annual Flagey Piano Days the piano takes center stage for a whole week. As per tradition, Brussels Philharmonic takes part - this year with music director Stéphane Denève on February 22 and 24. On the menu two masterworks and two piano masters: Lars Vogt plays the Grieg Piano Concerto and Boris Giltburg brings the Third Piano Concerto of Prokofiev.
“The affection shone through his playing and the audience held its breath.”
The German pianist Lars Vogt gave his career a veritable kick start when, in 1990, at the age of 20 he was a finalist at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. His repertoire now stretches from classical composers such as Mozart and Beethoven to the Romanticism of Rachmaninov and Grieg, with excursions into contemporary composers. His physical territory embraces just about the whole world …
He combines this impressive international trajectory with a deep conviction and passion for ‘making music’ and ensuring that classical music is an essential part of daily life. He has also been teaching for many years, and launched initiatives to bring children into close contact with top musicians.
He also thinks that applauding between movements should be permissible, that the atmosphere at a concert is more important than anything else, is a fervent football fan and despises musicals – though with a weak spot for ABBA.
“You get the sense he could excel at anything he turned his hand to.” (The Telegraph)
Boris Giltburg is one of those rare people who combine a natural talent with a captivating personality, and modesty with passion and virtuosity. He fills any room he enters – and that’s before even playing the first note.
That talent extends beyond playing piano as well: Giltburg is erudite, speaks five languages fluently, writes computer programmes for relaxation and is a talented photographer. He is a fervent defender of classical music and writes listeners’ guides in which he analyses his favourite works. His aim? To pass on his love for classical music to as many people as possible.
That love is something he imbibed from the cradle. Born in 1984 into a family of pianists, Boris was convinced by the age of five that the piano in their house was meant for him – even though his mother (a piano teacher) initially had other ideas. Fortunately, Boris was stubborn enough to persevere, and the rest is history.
“I still think every day that there can be no better profession! It is endlessly interesting and variable, for you are working with the best musical compositions, which further enrich your spirit and develop your intellect. It gives me the opportunity to see the world, meet new people and new cultures, and offers me the chance to play live before an audience. It can of course also be difficult, frustrating and very competitive, but for me the advantages far outweigh the downsides."