Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize—along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Award—at the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions.
Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Mr. Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko and Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein in Germany, Bem Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, RAI Orchestra in Milan, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and major orchestras in Spain, Russia, Columbia, and Brazil. In South Africa, he has been soloist with the orchestras of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. His North American engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, Florida, Utah, and Toronto Symphonies.
Mr. Slutsky has been heard on recital series throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East, making appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Performing Arts Center in Seoul, and Teatro Colon in Bogota, among many others. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Slutsky's more than two decades of chamber music collaborations include the critically acclaimed recording of Schumann's Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler on the Naxos label, as well as performances with many renowned artists.
Mr. Slutsky has presented master classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and served as a jury member for many international piano competitions.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Mr. Slutsky received his early training at Moscow's Gnessin School for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor, and completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Nadia Reisenberg, Nina Svetlanova, John Browning, and Joseph Seiger. In addition, he has worked for many years with his mentor Alexander Eydelman.
In 1993, Mr. Slutsky joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he currently serves as Chair of the Piano Department.
2016 Artist-in-Residence Schedule: 3/16/2016 - 3/19/2016 || Boris Slutsky
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
03.16.2016 - Wednesday 7:00 pm || Piano Master Class
03.17.2016 - Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm || Artist in Residence Recital Preview and Piano Master Class
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm || "Meet Boris Slutsky" Q & A
03.18.2016 - Friday 7:00 pm || Piano Master Class
03.19.2016 - Saturday* 7:00 pm || Boris Slutsky Recital
Performing works of Schumann, Chopin, Ravel, and Mozart
9:30 pm || Reception in Center for the Arts 134
* Tickets to the Boris Slutsky Recital are free. To obtain tickets, come to the Center for the Arts box office on Saturday, March 19th starting at 3 pm. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Because seating is limited, there is a restriction of TWO tickets per person. No RSVP
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The Pamela L. Girard Guest Artist/Master Class Series was created in memory of Pamela Girard. She was an active participant of the Pasadena City College piano and choral arts departments, and upon her passing, her son, Christopher Daniels endowed the series as a memorial to her love of the Arts, love for the Pasadena City College Music Department and love for the students who attend this college. This annual series sponsors internationally renowned musicians to come to the college to give master classes and performances. Previous Pamela L. Girard Artists have included opera singer, Carol Vaness, composers Morten Lauridsen and Frank Ticheli, tubist, Patrick Sheridan and Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band.
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Office: Center for the Arts - CA202B
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Office: Center for the Arts - CA202B
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