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Boris Andrianov


Biography highlights

Boris Andrianov is the Artistic Director and the inspiration behind the new Star Generation project, which produces and manages concerts by talented young musicians in all cities and regions throughout Russia. For this project, in 2009 Boris Andrianov was awarded the Russian Federation Prize for Culture. The same year, he began to teach at the Moscow Conservatoire. In 2008 Moscow hosted the first-ever Vivacello festival in Russia, the Artistic Director of which is Boris Andrianov.


Latest highlights in his repertoire include Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda (Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa), S. Barber's Cello Concerto with Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra led by Vasily Petrenko, Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia under Julian Rachlin (Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza), C. Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto with Russian National Orchestra under Masahiro Izaki, G. Kancheli's Diplipito with Georgian National Orchestra, Tbilisi under N. Rachveli, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Yury Bashmet, Beethoven's Sonatas with pianist Vadim Kholodenko (Mariinsky Theatre, Saint-Petersburg), and Haydn's Cello Concerto with Berlin Chamber Orchestra.


His recent and upcoming performances include collaboration with Moscow Soloists Orchestra led by Yury Bashmet at the 2016 Sochi Winter Festival, Tchaikovsky's Rokoko Variations with Wiener Kammer Orchestra under Stefan Vladar (Vienna Konzerthaus), his appearances within the frames of the 2016 Festival Academy Budapest, various concerts and festivals in Russia and the USA.


He has collaborated with Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Kammerorchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic, Wiener KammerOrchester; prominent conductors as Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Vedernikov, David Geringas, Dmitry Jurowsky and Roman Kofman, and musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Menahem Pressler, Akiko Suwanai, Julian Rachlin, Denis Matsuev, Janine Jansen, Sergey Nakaryakov, Fumiaki Miura, Maxim Rysanov, and Vadim Kholodenko.

Boris Andrianov has frequently appeared under renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, performing his Concerto Grosso for three cellos and orchestra.

He has appeared on various festivals and concert series such as Dubrovnik Music Festival, Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise, Annecy Classic Festival, Spectrum Concerts Berlin, Crescendo Festival, the Frick Collection Concert Series in New York, and Musical Bridges Around the World in San Antonio, USA among others.


In 2003, Delos Records released Boris Andrianov's album recorded together with leading Russian guitarist Dimitri Illarionov, which recording was in the Grammy award preliminary list of nominations. In September 2007 a CD recorded with pianist Rem Urasin, became Gramophone magazine’s “Choice of the Month”.


Born to a family of musicians, Boris Andrianov graduated from the Moscow Gnessins’ School of Music, Moscow State Conservatoire (class of Natalia Shakhovskaya), and Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin, under the tutelage of David Geringas. In 1991 he was allocated a grant by the New Names programme.

Since 2005, Boris Andrianov has played the “Domenico Montagnana” cello from the Russian State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments.


He is laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition and the winner at International Shostakovich Competition Classica Nova in Hannover (together with Alexei Goribol, 1st Prize, 1997), VI International Mstislav Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris (1997), XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (3rd Prize and Bronze Medal, 1998), International Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb (1st Prize and special awards, 2000), and International Isang Yun Competition in South Korea (2003).

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July 2016

Chamber Concert In memoriam Loránd Fenyves

Festival Academy Budapest


Mendelssohn - String Octet in E-flat major, op. 20

Festival Academy Budapest

Shakespeare-Prokofjev - Romeo and Juliet Suite

Festival Academy Budapest
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"...It's not every day that we meet so round, full, heartbreaking and meaningful sound even in the performance of the most skillful cellists; only the best ones know how to perform so beautiful tones."

- WAZ (Dortmund, Germany)

"The sonatas each receive really splendid performances here – the first movement of the Shostakovich is exceptionally compelling – and the disc can certainly be recommended on those grounds alone. [...]

"...I must repeat that these are fine performances of these works, in most excellent style. [...] Admires of both composers should hear this musically impressive disc."

- International Record Review, 2007

"This is one of those delightful surprises that one can instantly love. It also underscores yet again the fact that fame is no prerequisite for (or guarantee of) top-notch performances. Andrianov and Urasin are as one in these sonatas, playing with immense skill, delicacy of touch and, especially in the Rachmaninov, plenty of heart."

- Gramophone Magazine [ Editor's Choice]

"Repeat the name; Boris Andrianov. He is extraordinarily talented and musical, plays from the heart, and imposes no egoism upon the score". 

- Los Angeles Times

Cellist Boris Andrianov is one of the most gifted Russian musicians of his generation.

- The University of Texas at AustinRead the article

"Geniuses are among us. Maybe they live next door and get on our nerves because they practice all day long. But we would probably never get the idea that one of those could be a new Rostropovich. If your neighbor plays cello and if his name is by chance Boris Andrianov then it is certain that soon you will see him only from far - on CD covers or on stages of big concert halls. The young Russian student of the Hanns-Eisler-Hochschule plays like a god: With heartbreaking, beautiful, softly-vibrating Belcanto-tone and masterly noblesse he turns an almost harmless Boccherini concerto into a small wonder of grace and discrete melancholy. In this gallant, dainty Ancien-Regime-Music where emotion always keep the contenance, Andrianov uses all finesses of virtuoso discourse without offending against good taste. Always pointing towards the inside even in virtuoso passages, this art of indication makes grand not only Andrianov's playing but also Boccherini's music. [...]"

- Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin)

Alone CD

Taking its title from a Giovanni Sollima composition for the Stradivarius International Cello Composition, cellist Boris Andrianov's first solo album on the Quartz label is a triumph of technical bravura and musical sophistication. Andrianov opens with the Kodály Op. 8 Solo Sonata, a work few cellists since Janos Starker have recorded with such amazing prowess on the instrument, coupled with the true soul of Hungarian music that Kodály was trying to capture. After such a breathtaking performance, it's difficult to imagine anything following. But Andrianov forges ahead with Rodion Schtschedrin's Russian Fragments, which, like Kodály, focuses largely on folk idioms and cultural icons. Andrianov's playing here is every bit as precise and captivating. He uses a broad dynamic spectrum and color palate to draw in listeners and maintain their undivided focus. Andrianov takes the somewhat less-accessible Lame of Sollima and still manages to create a user-friendly performance, followed immediately by solemnity of Alone. He ends his program with Schnittke's Improvisation, written for Rostropovich, and Casals' fluttering Song of the birds. From start to finish, Andrianov's playing is nothing short of stunning, robust, commanding, and vibrant. Add to this his ability to speak directly to listeners and you have an artist of special standing.

- Mike D. Brownell, AllmusicRead the article

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