Sendai International Music Competition




Boris BELKIN (Belgium)

Jury Vice-Chairperson, Violin Section

Boris Belkin began studying the violin at the age of six, and made his first public appearance when he was seven with Kyrill Kondrashin. He studied first at the Central Music School in the Moscow Conservatory with Professors Yankelevitz and Andrievsky. While still a student he played all over the Soviet Union with the leading national orchestras, and in 1973 won first prize in the Soviet National Competition for violinists.

In 1974 he emigrated to the West and since then has performed all over the world with many of the leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland, Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and the major British orchestras.

Boris Belkin has been featured in many television productions: a film biography of Jean Sibelius, playing the Sibelius Concerto with the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Ashkenazy; with Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto; with Bernstein and the Orchestre National de France playing Ravel’s Tzigane; and with Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra playing Mozart and Paganini No 1.

His first recording, Paganini No 1 with the Israel Philharmonic and Mehta, was highly acclaimed. His other discs for Decca include the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Concertos with The Philharmonia and Ashkenazy, Strauss Concerto with the Berlin Radio and Ashkenazy, Prokofiev Concertos Nos 1 and 2 with the London Philharmonic and Kondrashin and Barshai, the Brahms Concerto with the LSO and Fischer. For Denon he has recorded the Prokofiev Concertos with the Zurich Tonhalle and Michael Stern; the Sibelius and Bruch Concertos, and Shostakovich 1 and the Glazunov Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic and Junichi Hirokami; the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the London Philharmonic and Stern; the Mozart Concerto in A major K219 and the Sinfonia Concertante with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, and the Brahms Sonatas with Michel Dalberto.

Other conductors with whom he has collaborated include Berglund, Chung, Dohnanyi, Dutoit, Fedoseyev, Gelmetti, Herbig, Maazel, Mata, Muti, Ozawa, Rattle, Kurt Sanderling, Temirkanov, Tennstedt, and Welser-Most.

In 1997 Isaac Stern invited Mr. Belkin to perform with him at the Miazaki Festival. Boris Belkin also dedicates himself to the chamber music repertory, performing with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky and many others.

Since 1987, Boris Belkin has given masterclasses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena.