Nikita Boriso-Glebsky

Violin

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky

“The first thing that comes across is his amazing sensitivity – his opening note appears like a mirage from another dimension. Then follows his profound demonstration of technique that enables an articulate, emotionally intuitive interpretation.” (Classical Review 11/05/2016)

Biography

The brilliant young violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky is considered as one of the most established Russian violinists of his generation. “Nikita Boriso-Glebsky distinguishes himself through deep musical thinking, impeccable technique and a rare combination of elegance, instinctiveness and uncompromising severity of performance.” (La Libre Belgique) Hannah Boylin from Leftlion.co.uk mentioned that “the most notable thing about Boriso-Glebsky’s performance was his remarkable and varied tone. He cleverly manipulated his instrument to show its versatility; at times his violin was raw and growling, at others ethereal and angelic.”

In 2010 Nikita Boriso-Glebsky won the International Jean Sibelius and the International Fritz Kreisler Violin competitions. He has also been awarded top prizes in nine other prestigious violin contests including the Tchaikovsky, the Queen Elisabeth and the Monte Carlo Violin Masters competitions.

Highlights of the last season included performances with the Bournemouth Symphony, the Orchestra National de Belgique, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Pasdeloup Paris (debut at Philharmonie de Paris), and Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

In the season 2016-17 Nikita Boriso-Glebsky is re-invited to perform with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, he will be touring in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and performing in Rio de Janeiro with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals throughout Germany, Great Britain, Lithuania and Russia.

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Reviews

“Nikita Boriso-Glebsky distinguishes himself with the depth of musical thinking, impeccable technique and a rare combination of elegance, naturalness and uncompromising severity of performance.”

La Libre Belgique

“For the Violin Concerto in D minor, we were introduced to the utterly incredible talent of 30 year old solo violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky.[…] Having spent time rehearsing here at the weekend, he then dashed over to Moscow to play a concert at the Kremlin for 6,000 special guests before appearing in the performance. Boriso-Glebsky mesmerised the audience, attacking each movement at full throttle in a spectacularly vibrant display in which it was impossible to take your eyes off him. This musician is clearly something magical and after much cheering, he treated us to an encore which was equally passionate. His sparkle and verve in interpreting Khachaturian’s fabulous concerto reminded me of the uniquely gifted Nigel Kennedy in his heyday. The BSO tweet at the interval summed up his performance: You know when the bow hairs begin to fly after the first two bars you are in for a treat. Sublime playing from Nikita Boriso-Glebsky!”

Stephanie Hall

Bournemouth Echo

More Reviews

“Nikita Boriso-Glebsky distinguishes himself with the depth of musical thinking, impeccable technique and a rare combination of elegance, naturalness and uncompromising severity of performance.”

La Libre Belgique

“For the Violin Concerto in D minor, we were introduced to the utterly incredible talent of 30 year old solo violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky.[…] Having spent time rehearsing here at the weekend, he then dashed over to Moscow to play a concert at the Kremlin for 6,000 special guests before appearing in the performance. Boriso-Glebsky mesmerised the audience, attacking each movement at full throttle in a spectacularly vibrant display in which it was impossible to take your eyes off him. This musician is clearly something magical and after much cheering, he treated us to an encore which was equally passionate. His sparkle and verve in interpreting Khachaturian’s fabulous concerto reminded me of the uniquely gifted Nigel Kennedy in his heyday. The BSO tweet at the interval summed up his performance: You know when the bow hairs begin to fly after the first two bars you are in for a treat. Sublime playing from Nikita Boriso-Glebsky! ”

Bournemouth Echo, Stephanie Hall 

“The young and exceptionally gifted violinist, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, who rose to fame after winning both the International Jean Sibelius Violin and International Fritz Kreisler competitions in 2010, treated us to a truly remarkable performance. The rhythmic power and energy of the first movement was captured to perfection by Glebsky and the orchestra alike, surmounting the dashing twists and turns in the scoring with ease, in a performance which held the audience rapt. The more luxurious, Armenian folksong flavouring of the second theme was enjoyed to the full by Glebsky whose virtuosity and skill were truly awesome. The second movement Andante sostenuto is a showcase of Khachaturian’s melodic writing. Glebsky’s playing was both passionate and heartfelt, squeezing the very most from the music’s rich Armenian exoticism, whilst still being of featherweight delicacy when required. […]. Glebsky’s playing was jaunty and playful throughout with incredible clarity being maintained even in the intricate solo part-writing. All in all, a stellar performance. ”

Bachtrack, Phil Smith 

“Could we have had a finer soloist than Nikita Boriso-Glebsky in Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto? I think not. Written in the year of the Russian Revolution, this 20-minute score glistens and flashes with scintillating, iridescent colours. […] We were wooed into the score, as Boriso-Glebsky followed Prokofiev’s sognato (dreamlike) directive. Within minutes, a second theme, heavily ornamented, glittered like 20th century Couperin, etched in steel. The central scherzo was all lightness; here it almost seemed the musicians had created a magical globe, spinning in mid-air, casting its hues all around. Boriso-Glebsky also gave us a generous encore, calling on all the tonal sinew necessary to portray those sinister Furies that lurk in the final movement of Ysaye’s second violin sonata. ”

The New Zealand Herald, William Dart 

“…His technique is top class with a sharpness which is unique. What impresses the most is his ability to play softly and still maintain elegance and focus. It is fantastic how his instrument transforms into a flute or clarinet, and how his playing has a singing quality.”

Magnus Hagland, Göteborgs Posten

“The evening however was essentially brought to a climax by Nikita Boriso-Glebsky’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. His interpretation of the music and ability to move between the reflective moods and elaborate cadenzas and improvisatory passages, showed his true skills as a virtuoso.”

thepublicreviews.com

“Both in the classical opuses and in the works of contemporary authors from the very first sounds one can feel the individuality of the young Russian virtuoso, his power, easy readable interaction, with the best traditions of the Russian violin school.”

Rodion Schedrin, La Libre Belgique

“…he embarked on an unfaltering yet passionate journey through all three movements…the most notable thing about Glebsky’s performance was his remarkable and varied tone. He cleverly manipulated his instrument to show its versatility; at times his violin was raw and growly, at others ethereal and angelic.”

Hannah Boylin, Leftlion.co.uk 

“Young soloist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky is a violinist to look out for. Still in his twenties, he approached the piece almost reverentially, as if paying homage to one of the giants of the repertoire, growing in stature and volume to make every one of Tchaikovsky’s tuneful melodies sing out to the audience. The first movement’s brilliant cadenza easily ticked the virtuoso box.”

Carol Main, The Scotsman