Boris Belkin began to study the violin at the age of six, making his first public appearance when he was seven with K. Kondrashin.
He studied first at the Central Music School in Moscow Conservatory with professors Yankelevitz and Andrievsky. While still a student he played all over the Soviet Union with the leading national orchestras. In 1973, he won the first prize in the Soviet National Competition for violonists.
In 1974, Boris Belkin emigrated to the west. Since that time his engagements have included regularly concerts with many of the major orchestras of the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit, Pittsburgh and Montreal Symphony, the National of France and all the London Orchestras. He appeared with such eminent conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Charles Groves, Bernard Haitink, Gunther Herbig, Eric Leinsdorf, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Osawa, Klaus Teinstedt, Kurt Sanderling, W. Steinberg, Ch. Von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit and Myung-Whun Chung.
Boris Belkin played the Sibelius with the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy for a major television film about the life of Sibelius.
Among other TV productions, he appeared with Leonard Bernstein and New York Philharmonic playing the Tchaikowski concerto as well as Tzigane Ravel with National of France with Seiji Osawa as well as with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Bernard Haitink and in many TV productions in France, Italy, Spain and Germany.
Boris Belkin has recorded extensievely and won great critical praise for his first recording of the Paganini violin concerto nr 1 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Metha as well as the Tchaikovski and Sibelius concerto with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He also recorded the Prokofiev nr 1 and nr 2 with the LSO and K. Kondrashin. The last released recording was the Shostakovich violin concerto nr 1 with V. Ashkenazy and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In January 1991, he recorded the Strauss violin concerto with the Radio Berlin Orchestra and V. Ashkenazy.
He is touring very regularly in Japan, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Hong-Kong as well as in all Europe.
The season 1990-1991, in addition to appearances in USA, Japan (May 91) and in all the major European cities (Paris, Rome, Milan, Florence, Berlin, Madrid, Brussels, London, Helsinki, Zurich and Copenhagen), he has toured in England with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (May 91) and in Spain with the Salzburg Chamber Orchestra playing an exclusive Mozart programme to celebrate the Year of Mozart (Februari 91).
Future plans include recitals in Paris and in the Italian festivals in September, appearances in USA in November including concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, tour in USA with the Cleveland Orchestra in March 92 and tour in USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Aschkenazy in November 92.
Each summer, Boris Belkin compliments his carrer as a performer giving series of master class in Siena (Italy) at the famous Accademia Chigiana.
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