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 the Wilhelm Backhaus Award – at the 1981 William Kapell International Piano Competition at the University of Maryland. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, the San Antonio International Competition and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, the Busoni, the Rina Sala Gallo and the 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 Valery Gergiev and Dmitri Kitaenko. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein in Germany, the Bern Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, RAI Orchestra in Italy, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and other major orchestras in Spain, Russia, Columbia and Brazil. In South Africa, he has been a soloist with the orchestras of Cape Town, Durbin 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 US, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Far East, making appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Japan, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, the Performing Arts Center in Seoul, Korea and the Teatro Colon in Bogota. Mr. Slutsky is an avid chamber musician, and his more than three decades of chamber music collaborations include the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of Schumann's Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler as well as performances with many renowned artists. A new solo recording will be released in 2014.
Mr. Slutsky has presented master classes throughout North America Europe and Asia and has served as a jury member for many international competitions.
Born into a Moscow family of musicians, Mr. Slutsky received his early training at Moscow's Gnessin School for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor. He completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and the 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 Eydleman.
Boris Slutsky joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in 1993 where he currently serves as chair of the piano department.
Mr. Slutsky gave a near perfect performance…What commanded attention was not only the brilliance of this performer, but his special gift, which is to remain utterly faithful to the music as he perceives the composers intended when they created their works. You saw here no big gestures, no bravura commanding attention to the pianist, no ego. You heard here no pretentions, only Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, etc. Mr. Slutsky gave his audience a night to remember. He is a very special musician."
Boris Slutsky's music-making has lost none of the poetry that so delighted both the judges and the audience in his sweep of the University of Maryland's Kapell International Competition seventeen years ago…""
His playing was wonderfully fluid, as if Chopin's notes were flowing together in a river of sound. While filled with endless arpeggios and scales, Chopin's music doesn't attempt to overwhelm the audience with musical gymnastics…And Slutsky was masterful. His tone was clear and pure and his playing was strong and assured. He was able to bring out everything that Chopin invested in the music and deliver it to the audience."