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Boris Berman


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Boris Berman is a Russian pianist and pedagogue (b. Moscow, April 3, 1948).

He was a student of Lev Oborin at the Moscow Conservatory. He made his debut in Moscow in 1965. He joined an early music ensemble, at the time the only one in Russia, as a harpsichordist. At the same time he worked with contemporary composers such as Alfred Schnittke and Edison Denisov. He played in the first Russian performances of works by Arnold Schoenberg, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and György Ligeti.

In 1973 he was permitted to leave the Soviet Union for Israel. In 1979 he went to the U.S. and taught at Brandeis University, Indiana University (Bloomington), and Yale. He has recorded the complete piano works of Sergei Prokofiev for the Chandos label among other recordings.

He has also written on these works; Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas was published by Yale University Press in 2008.

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  • theo_equis

    went to a recital a couple of months ago. his chopin and debussy sucked big time, but he's a god on prokofiev

    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • phillip360

    ♫ nourish, glue and inflate the soon to be estrus and electrified 'pataphysics group ♫

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • instantcomp

    boris is the coolest guy i know, and yet i don't know him.

    5 Jan 2008 Reply

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