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Boris Petrushansky (Piano soloist)

Boris Petrushansky`s highly original creativity and vivacious personality have earned him wide recognition as a concert pianist. Born in 1949 in Moscow, he started his piano studies at the age of five, supported by a strong musical family. Among his teachers was the eminent Heinrich Neuhaus. After studying with Lev Naumov, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1975, having already distinguished himself in several major international competitions, such as Leeds in 1969, Munich in 1971, and Terni in 1975, where he won first prize.

Ever since the summer of 1975 when he gave two unforgettable recitals at the "Festival dei due Mondi" at Spoleto and the "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino" Festival (substituting Richter), Petrushansky has not looked back. His performances have taken him to Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Czecoslovakia, USA, Hungary, Japan, Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Taiwan, Australia, etc. He has made various recordings with Melodia (Russia), Art & Electronics (Russia - U.S.A.), Symposium (U.K.), Fone, Agora and Dynamic (Italy).

The artist has played with many orchestras, including: The Petersburg Philarmonic Orchestra, The State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, The Moscow Philarmonic, The Czech Philarmonic, The Berlin Staatskapelle, The Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, The "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino" Festival Orchestra, The Helsinki Philarmonic, The Moscow Chamber Orchestra, European Comunity Chamber Orchestra, The "New European Strings", The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, etc.

He has played with many renowned conductors, such as J.Ferencik, E.Bour, V.Fedoseev, E.-P.Salonen, V.Gergiev, A.Lazarev, P.Bellugi, D.Kitaenko, S.Sondezkis, R. Abbado, M.Shostakovich, Lu Jia, V. Jurovsky and P.Kogan. His partners, to name but a few, have been the legendary Leonid Kogan, Igor Oistrach, Misha Maisky, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Valeriy Afanassiev and Cecilia Gasdia.

Boris Petrushansky serves as member of the jury of many international competitions such as "F.Busoni" (Bolzano), "D. B. Viotti" (Vercelli), "A.Casagrande" (Terni) etc. In addition to his concert life, Boris Petrushansky has an active teaching career: from 1975 to 1979 he taught at the Moscow Conservatory and now gives regular Masterclasses at the Royal Accademy of Dublin, the Purcell School of London, the Rowan University of U.S.A (New Jersey), and in many cities in Italy. He now resides in Italy where, since 1990 has held a position at the Accademia Pianistica "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola and, from 1992 at the Accademia Ducale in Genoa.

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