Artists biographies
Boris Bloch

The literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki described the Russian pianist Boris Bloch as a ‘tumultuous poet’. On his latest Chopin CD, which is dedicated to Reich-Ranicki’s wife Teofila, who died in 2011, Bloch proves that ‘he is more than that: not just a fiery creator of sounds, but primarily a passionate seeker of truth’ (Sylvia Adler in the ‘Darmstädter Echo’, 3 August 2012).

This recording was praised as the ‘CD of the week’ by Radio Stephansdom in Vienna. His latest Liszt CD was awarded the honorary prize of the Hungarian Liszt Ferenc Society; the award was handed over in Budapest on the bicentenary of Franz Liszt’s birth. Boris Bloch’s double CD featuring music by Beethoven was given six stars by the magazine ‘Piano News’.

Boris Bloch, who was born and raised in Odessa, studied under Dimitri Bashkirov, an internationally acclaimed piano teacher, at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1978 Boris Bloch won one of the most significant awards a pianist can get – the first prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano.

Since being appointed to a professorship at the Folkwang Hochschule in 1985 Boris Bloch has chosen to make Germany his home. In 2007 he was honoured with the music education prize awarded by the city of Duisburg.

In July 2012 he performed for the eighth time at the Ruhr Piano Festival. His sold-out concert with works by Haydn, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt was a great artistic success.

This year his performances take him to Vienna, to the Liszt Festival in Raiding, to Moscow, Verona, Kiev and various cities in Israel.

Foto: Stefan Schilling Foto: Stefan Schilling

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017