Professor at CNSM de Paris
and at CNSM de Lyon
“Boris Garlitsky is an
extremely lively musician of high intelligence and flexibility, with a
wonderfully round tone and solid reliable technique … Concert Master of the
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Garlitsky measures up to every Concert
Master of the world’s top orchestras, such as New York, Vienna, Berlin etc.,
and can play an outstanding role in all leading international orchestras.”
These are the words of Kurt Masur, one of the greatest conductors of the
20th century, with whom Boris Garlitsky worked together throughout many
years. And still, Mr. Masur’s words grasp but a part of Boris Garlitsky’s
In 1982, Boris Garlitsky won the Italian Paganini Competition and began his
career as a soloist. Since then, he has played, among others, with the
London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Chamber
Orchestra of Philadelphia (with Ignat Solzhenitsyn conducting) as well as
the Milan based Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and the British Orchestra of the
Age of Enlightenment. His interpretations of Shostakovich’s violin concerto
with the Orchestre National de Lyon were praised in the press. “The
intensity and irresistible force of persuasion brought to it by all the
skill of Boris Garlitsky was worthy of the work’s first interpreter, David
Oistrakh”, the Lyon Figaro commented.
Mr. Garlitsky is an active participator in several international music
festivals. He regularly takes part in the Pablo Casals Festival in France,
Mostly Mozart in New York, the London Proms, the Schleswig-Holstein Music
Festival and Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival at Lockenhaus in Austria.
Also, Mr Garlitsky performs for the BBC, Radio France as well as a number of
radio stations in Italy, Russia and the United States. He has recorded for
RCA, Naxos, Chandos and Polymnie.
“Boris Garlitsky was a worthy partner of Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s double
concerto, performed together with the London Philharmonic… Let us
concentrate on the gigantic chaconne from the partita in d minor for violin
solo: Mr. Garlitsky’s interpretation as such made this a concert of
outstanding class. Highly differentiated and uniquely colourful in play, Mr.
Garlitsky’s brilliant intellectual understanding of the piece and expressive
characterisation of the individual variations reflected the authenticity and
individual depth of the artist’s Bach interpretation” (Dr. Karl Georg Berg).
Garlitsky is an outstanding chamber musician and member of the Hermitage
String Trio (Boris Garlitsky, Alexander Zemtsov and Leonid Gorokhov),
praised right and left in critical reviews: “… undoubtedly one of finest of
its type, with discipline and musicianship second to
none”(www.classicalsource.com); “true brilliance! This ensemble will do much
to put more string trio repertoire on the musical map” (Strad); “with
virtuosic elegance and, above all, affection” (Hexham and District Music
Society); “that gentle exaltation of chamber music which passes by the
dramatic gestures of symphonic music but rather expresses intimate and the
profound, which goes straight to the heart and transports you to a dream”
Mr. Garlitsky’s repertoire is amazingly rich. Among his partners are Pinchas
Zuckerman, Gidon Kremer, Marta Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin,
Truls Mork, Maria-Joao Pires. Last but not least, Mr. Garlitsky is so
popular among his colleagues due to his amiable character. “Garlitsky’s
charisma is glaringly obvious. And how! A first violin of such imposing
presence is a blessing for any ensemble” (La Montagne).
Born in Russia, Mr. Garlitsky received his first music lessons from his
father, the author of the standard textbook for young violinists Step by
Step. He studied with Profesor Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory, and
afterwards worked as the Concertmaster for the Moscow Virtuosi and the
London Symphony Orchestra, the Covent Garden Opera, the Vienna ORF
Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic and many more.
Today, Mr. Garlitsky devotes a large amount of his time to education. He
holds a chair at two outstanding music Institutes, the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Paris and the Hamburg Hochschule. In addition, Mr.
Garlitsky offers master classes on a yearly basis. In April 2010, Mr.
Garlitsky will be giving classes at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and
the Peabody in Baltimore.
“He is also very successful as a teacher and his instruction would be an
enrichment for any musical institution, be it orchestra or music academy.
His knowledge, his energy, his honesty and his ability to connect with
people and create harmony are in my opinion the quintessence of why he can
serve as a role model and ‘leading light’ for the young generation.” (Kurt