Boris Bloch

Literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki described the Russian pianist Boris Bloch as a "stormy poet". On his new Chopin CD, dedicated to Reich-Ranicki's wife Teofila, who died in 2011, Bloch shows that "he is more than that: not only a fiery sound creator, but above all a passionate seeker of truth" (Sylvia Adler "Darmstädter Echo" 3 August 2012). This recording was chosen as the CD of the week by Radio Stephansdom in Vienna, his most recent Liszt CD was awarded the Honorary Prize of the Hungarian Liszt Society, and the prize was awarded in Budapest on the occasion of Franz Liszt's 200th birthday.

Boris Bloch was born and raised in Odessa, studied at the State Chaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with internationally renowned pedagogue Tatyana Nikolaeva and especially Dimitri Bashkirov and in 1978 won one of the most important awards for pianists, namely the First Prize of the International Piano Competition "Ferruccio Busoni" in Bolzano.

Since his appointment as professor at the Folkwang Hochschule in 1985, Bloch has lived in his adopted home of Germany. In 2007 Boris Bloch was awarded the Pedagogy Prize of the City of Duisburg.

In the 2018/2019 season, Boris Bloch gave concerts at the Mozarthaus in Vienna, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, the Christian Schocke Piano Gallery in Cologne, the Festival KLANGfrühling in Austrian Stadtschlaining, the Chamber Music Festival in Warsaw, the New Year's Eve Concert in the Philharmonie in Essen, and the Konzerthaus Berlin.In addition, Boris Bloch took part as chairman of the jury at the International Piano Competition in Verona, and as a juror at the piano competitions in Sacile Venezia Giulia and Ettore Pozzoli in Seregno. In June 2020 Boris Bloch is again invited as a juror to the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau.

Translated with Bloch regularly conducts master classes as part of the Vienna Music Seminar and is honorary professor of the music institute "Reingold Glier" in Kiev.

Boris Bloch beim Beethovenfest