Acclaimed pianist Boris Giltburg, who will be in Nashville to perform with the Nashville Symphony, will conduct a master class with Blair’s piano majors from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall. Participation in the class is limited to Blair students by audition, but the public is welcome to attend and observe.
Having taken the second (and audience) prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2011, Giltburg has appeared with many leading orchestras, including Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2010, has toured regularly to South America and China, and has also toured Germany with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He has played recitals in venues including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Toppan Hall in Tokyo, the Bozar in Brussels, London’s Southbank Centre, The Louvre, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Giltburg’s highlights last season included appearances at Rotterdam De Doelen (beginning with a return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Jukka-Pekka Saraste), his debut with Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, and chamber music with the Takács Quartet and Pavel Haas Quartet. In 2016/17, Giltburg appears for the first time with Nashville Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, and Helsinki Philharmonic, and he makes his Australian debut with the Adelaide Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony. He returns to Orchestre National de Belgique and plays the AIDS gala with Munich Chamber Orchestra. Recital highlights include Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, and Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall.
In 2012 Giltburg released an acclaimed CD of Prokofiev’s War Sonatas on Orchid Classics, earning him a place on the short list for the critics’ award at the Classical Brits. His Romantic Sonatas disc (including works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Grieg) followed in 2013. His first solo releases on Naxos (of works by Schumann and Beethoven) prompted enthusiastic reviews, and his latest Rachmaninoff CD was named Gramophone’s Disc of the Month.
Giltburg is also an avid amateur photographer and blogger, writing about classical music for a non-specialist audience.
He will perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center November 17-19.