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boris bloch

After graduation from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Dmitri Bashkirov and leaving the Soviet Union in 1974, following the winning of the Young Concert Artists International Audition in 1976 in New York and the Busoni Competition in 1978 in Bolzano, Boris Bloch launched a career that has taken him to many orchestral engagements, recital series and festivals in different countries and continents.


He has appeared as a soloist, with the orchestras of Cleveland and Houston, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Vancouver and St. Louis, Denver, New Orleans, Buffalo, etc. In Europe, Boris Bloch played all three Tchaikovsky Concertos with the Staatskapelle Berlin and all five Rachmaninov concertos with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. He has been the soloist with the orchestras of Vienna and Berlin, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Junge Deutsche Philharmonic and NDR Symphony of Hanover, Great Polish Radio Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra of Bergen, Room’s Santa Cecilia, Ray of Milan and Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, National Philharmonic Orchestras of Budapest and Sofia, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, The Arturo Toscanini Orchestra of Emilia Romagna and many others.


Among the conductors Boris Bloch has performed with are Kyrill Kondrashin and Lorin Maazel, Philippe Entremont and Christoph Eschenbach, Gerd Albrecht and Edmond de Stutz, Juri Aranovitch and David Zinman, Pavel Kogan and Alexander Lazarev, Janosz Ferencik and Adam Fisher, Emil Tabakov, and Alexander Dmitriev, Hobart Earle. The festivals Boris Bloch has participated include The Berliner Festwochen and Salzburger Festspiele, Luzern Festival and The Flanders Festival, the Festivals of Stresa, Istanbul, Carintischer Sommer of Austria, Varna Summer of Bulgaria, Chopin Festivals in Duszniki of Poland and Marienbad of Czechia, Macedonian Ochrid and Bulgarian Rousse, Schumann-Fest in Duesseldorf, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Piano Festival of Bergamot and Brescia, the Chamber Music Festival of Savonlina, I Grandi Interpreti of Bologna, and the “Rarities of Piano Music” in Husum, “Outstanding Pupils of Dmitri Bashkirov” in St. Petersburg, etc.

Within a successful tour in the season 2005, Boris Bloch performed the Piano Concerto No. 1 of Prokofiev with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under Pavel Kogan. Together they played in the Great Hall in Salzburg and in the National Hall (Palace of Arts) in Budapest amongst others and received high acclaim by the audience. As a conductor and (between 1993-1995) artistic director of the Opera House of Odessa Boris Bloch has taken that company to Italy (Tchaikovsky's “Maid of Orleans” in Teatro Carlo Felice of Geneva, Beethoven's “Christus am Olberg” at Perugia's Sacra Musicale Umbra Festival), to Bruxelles Palais de Beaux Arts, Piraeus of Greece, etc. In Germany Bloch has toured extensively with the Pushkin Opera of Russia with Mussorgsky's “Boris Goudunov” and Tchaikovsky's “Mazeppa”. He also conducted all Mozart Programs with the “Arturo Toscanini” Orchestra of Emilia Romagna at the Mozart Festival of Salso-maggiore (Italy) and an all-Rachmaninov Programs including the Symphonic Dances with the State Orchestra of Tirol in

Innsbruck, Austria.

Boris Bloch has been often asked to be a judge at various international competitions and gives international master-classes, including the established summer academies of Salzburg, Weimar and Santander. In 1997, the Public Television of Russia had broadcast a half an hour film about Boris Bloch in the series “Outstanding Musicians of Russia”. 1998 Boris Bloch commemorated the 25th anniversary of his carrier in a comeback recital at the Concert Hall of his Alma Mater –Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. The Moscow Newspaper commented the next day in its review: “Russia must be sorry to have missed this true artist for so long.”