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, supported by a musical family, 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, for example at 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, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Czecoslovakia, USA, Hungary, Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, S. Africa, Chile. He has made recordings with Melodia (Russia), Stradivarius, Dynamic Fone, Agora, (Italy), Symposium (UK), Art & Electronics (Russia-USA).
The many orchestras that he has played with include: The Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, The Moscow Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra “Verdi” of Milan, The Czech Philharmonic, The Staatskapelle Berlin, The Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, The “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” Festival Orchestra in Rome, The Helsinki Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra in Santiago de Chile, The Moscow Chamber Orchestra, European Community Chamber Orchestra, The “New European Strings”, The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, etc.
He has played with many renowned conductors as J. Ferencik, E. Bour, V. Fedoseev, E.-P. Salonen, V. Gergiev, A. Lazarev, P. Bellugi, M. Atzmon, D. Kitaenko, S. Sondezkis, R. Abbado, M. Shostakovich, J. Latham-Koenig, Lu Jia, V. Jurowsky, D. Matheuz, P. Kogan, L. Grin, A. Shokhakimov.
Among his partners, to name but a few, have numbered the Leonid Kogan, Igor Oistrach, Mischa Maisky, Zurab Sotkilava, Mario Brunello, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Borodin Quartet and 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), Tongyeong, Orléans, Chopin in Warsaw, Paris, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, etc. In addition to his concert life, Petrushansky is active in teaching field: from 1975 he was teaching in Moscow Conservatory and now gives Master classes in the Royal Academy of Dublin and London, the Royale College Music of London, Rowan University of U.S.A (New Jersey), and in many cities of Italy, Europe, Israel, South Korea, Japan.
He is now resident in Italy and since 1990 has held a position at the Accademia Internazionale Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola.
Since 2014 he was awarded the title of Academician of the “Academy of Muses”, Florence.