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Arts Calendar / February 4 / Concerts
19:00 Boris Berezovsky (Russia)
Pianist Boris Berezovsky will perform works by Ravel, Skryabin and others. Berezovsky has emerged as a prime modern representative of the pure Russian virtuoso tradition. In addition to music of a solo orientation, however, he has also been quite active as a chamber player. Berezovsky was born January 4, 1969 in Moscow; he is apparently unrelated to the late Russian business executive of the same name. He studied there with Alexander Satz and, as a student at the Moscow Conservatory, with Eliso Virsaladze. A major breakthrough came with Berezovsky's gold medal win at the 1990 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. By that time, however, the young pianist had already begun to make his mark abroad; his 1988 debut at Wigmore Hall was hailed by the Times of London for its "dazzling virtuosity and formidable power." His Tchaikovsky Competition performances included not only concerto repertory but chamber performances with Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma, and accompanying soprano Jessye Norman; some of these were issued by the Teldec label on a 1990 Winners' Gala album. The following year he made debuts in the U.S. (in Tchaikovsky victor Van Cliburn's hometown of Fort Worth, Texas) and France (at the Louvre museum). As a soloist, Berezovsky has specialized in the most difficult virtuoso repertory: Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and especially Nikolai Medtner; in 2006, he founded an International Medtner Festival in Moscow.
Rachmaninov Concert Hall (Philharmonia-2) 
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