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Boris Petrushansky`s highly original creativity and vivacious personality have gained him wide recognition as a concert pianist.

Born in 1949 in Moscow, he started playing piano at the age of five and had among his teachers the eminent Heinrich Neuhaus. After studying with Lev Naumov, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1975, having already distinguished himself in major international competitions – Leeds in 1969, Munich in 1971, and Terni in 1975, where he won first prize.

Ever since the summer of 1975 when he gave two unforgettable recitals at the “Festival dei due Mondi” at Spoleto and the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” Festival (substituting Richter), Petrushansky has not looked back. His performances have taken him to Italy, Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Swiss, Czecoslovakia, USA, Hungary, Japan, Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Chile, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Africa and Australia. He has made various recordings with Melodia (Russia), Art & Electronics (Russia/U.S.A.), Symposium (U.K.), Fone’, Agora, Dynamic and Stradivarius (Italy). In 2006 Stradivarius (Italy) has produced the complete piano works by D.Schostakovich performed by Petrushansky.

The many orchestras that he has played with include: The S.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, The Moscow Philharmonic, The Czech Philharmonic, The Berlin Staatskapelle, The Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, The “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” Festival Orchestra, The Helsinki Philharmonic, The Moscow Chamber Orchestra, European Community Chamber Orchestra, The “New European Strings”, The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, etc.

He has played with many renowned conductors, such as J.Ferencik, M.Atzmon, V.Fedoseev, E.-P.Salonen, V.Gergiev, A.Lazarev, P.Bellugi, V.Jurowsky, S.Sondezkis, A.Nanut, R.Abbado, M.Shostakovich, Lu Jia, and D.Kitaenko. Among his partners, to name but a few, were the legendary Leonid Kogan, Mischa Maisky, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Valeriy Afanassiev, Cecilia Gasdia, Borodin Quartet, Philharmonia Quartet Berlin.Boris Petrushansky is a member of jury of many international competition such as F.Busoni (Bolzano), D.B. Viotti (Vercelli), A.Casagrande (Terni), F.Chopin (Warsaw), Leeds, Tongyeong (R. Korea), Orlèans, Paris, etc. In addition to his concert life, Boris Petrushansky is active in teaching field: from 1975 to 1979 he was teaching in Moscow Conservatory and now gives masterclasses in the Royal Academy of Dublin, Royal Academy and Royal College of London, Rowan University of U.S.A (New Jersey), in Japan, Germany and Italy. In 2014 Boris Petrushansky was awarded title of Academic and International Prize of “Accademia delle Muse” in Florence. Since 1990 has held a position at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy. His students were Federico Colli, Ingrid Fliter, Sofia Gulyak and Olga Kern among others.