Prof. Boris Bloch
Boris Bloch was born in Odessa to parents of Russian-Jewish descent. He started piano lessons at the age of six, continuing to study with E. Levinsohn at the Stoliarsky School, Odessa.
In September 1968 he entered the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, at first in the class of Tatiana Nikolaewa and in 1970 that of Dmitry Bashkirov. In 1969 Boris Bloch was a prize winner of R. Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, and in 1972 he won the 2nd Prize at the 4th National Piano Competition held in Minsk.
In 1974 the Bloch family moved to the USA. Two years later Boris won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and that same year gave his New York debut. After his debut in Los Angeles in 1979 Los Angeles Times compared him to the legendary virtuoso Vladimir Horovitz. Bloch met Mr. Horovitz at the great pianist’s town house in Manhattan in 1977.
The Maestro’s words upon listening to Bloch’s play were: “You are blessed with great pianistic gifts and that is most important!” Also in 1977 Boris Bloch met the other pianist legend of the 20th century, Artur Rubinstein, as Maestro himself awarded Bloch with the Silver Medal Prize at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Jerusalem. In 1978 Boris Bloch won the Grand 1st Prize at the Busoni Competition in Bolzano.
Starting that time he performs regularly all over Europe and the United States with the orchestras of Vienna and Zürich, Rome and Milan, Moscow and Kiev, Petersburg and Bergen, Salzburg and Budapest, Sofia and Bucarest, Berlin and Hamburg, Cleveland and Houston, Indianapolis and Vancouver conducted among others by Lorin Maasel, Kirill Kondrashin, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Alexander Dmitriev and Mark Gorenstein. In November of 2005 Bloch was a highly successful soloist with the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pavel Kogan performing to the highest critical and public’s acclaim Prokofiev’s 1st Piano Concerto on tour of Austria and Hungary.
Bloch performs regularly at world’s greatest festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Chopin-Duszniki, Istanbul, Ruhr, Varna, etc. and is a sought-after juror at many piano competitions including Busoni, Clara Schumann in Düsseldorf, Liszt in Utrecht, Weimar and Parma,Viotti in Vercelli, etc.
Boris Bloch regularly leads Master classes above all at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Weimarer Master Courses, Santander Summer School, etc. Boris Bloch holds a Chair of Piano at the Folkwang Academy of Music, Theatre and Dance in Essen -Duisburg.