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Boris Berman Biography
In 1973, Boris Berman left a flourishing career in the Soviet Union to immigrate to
Boris Berman has been the Founding Director of the Music Spectrum concert series in
Mr. Berman is an active performer of chamber music. He had appeared in numerous concerts and festivals with such artists and groups as Misha Maisky, Heinz Holliger, Aurele Nicolet, Shlomo Mintz, Gyorgy Pauk, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, Natalia Gutman, Tokyo Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, The Netherland Wind Ensemble and many others.
A dedicated teacher of international stature, Boris Berman has served on the faculties of the world's finest schools, such as Indiana (
Mr Berman's ability to recognize and commitment to nurture young talents are obvious reasons for him being invited to join panels of jurors of various national and international competitions, such as those in Leeds,
In the field of recordings, Mr. Berman's acclaimed releases on Philips, Deutsche Gramophon and Melodia labels were followed upon with 2 CDs of all piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin for the Music and Arts label and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo recordings), which received the Edison Classic Award in Holland, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy. The recording of three Prokofiev Concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi conducting (Chandos) marked the beginning of an ambitious project of recording the complete Prokofiev solo piano works. The first pianist ever to undertake this task, Mr Berman has released it on nine Chandos CDs to great critical acclaim. In addition, Chandos has issued Mr. Berman's recitals of works by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Schnittke, as well as chamber music of Janacek, and - together with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Neeme Jarvi - Concerto by Stravinsky.
Berman's most recent discography shows the
breadth of his repertoire: a disc "Debussy for Children"
(Ottavo); two releases of works for prepared piano by John Cage (Naxos), which
was named the Top Recording by the BBC Music Magazine; the
Grammy-nominated Piano Quintets of Shostakovich and Schnittke with
Vermeer Quartet (Naxos); and, quite unexpectedly, a recording of Scott Joplin's
Ragtimes (Ottavo). In the recently issued
In 2000, the prestigious Yale University Press has published Boris
Berman's "Notes from the Pianist's Bench". In this book, Professor Berman
draws on his vast experience as a performer and a teacher to explore issues of
piano technique and music interpretation. The book has been translated to
several languages. Mr. Berman is often invited to give lectures on these
subjects in various universities and conferences around the world.
In the spring of 2008, Yale University Press will publish Boris Berman's new book "Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer". This book complements and is based on his highly praised recordings of this repertoire.
In 2007-2008, Mr. Berman appears with orchestras, as well as in festivals
and recitals, in