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Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Boris Slutsky immigrated to the United States in 1977. His gave his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980. Just one year later he drew international attention by sweeping every major prize in the William Kapell (University of Maryland) International Piano Competition. At nineteen years of age and as the youngest competitor he captured not only the First Prize, but also the Audience Prize and the Wihelm Backhaus Award. With his versatility and musical authority he has garnered major prizes at such widely diverse arenas as New York’s Kosciuszko Chopin Competitionand Toronto’s International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, as well as the Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions.
In subsequent years Mr. Slutsky appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko, Andrew Davis and Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, the RAI Orchestra in Milan, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein and Stuttgart State OrchestrainGermany, Bern Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, with orchestras in Spain, Russia, Colombia and Brazil.In South Africa he has been a soloist with the orchestras of Capetown, Durban, and Johannesburg. North American engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, Florida, Utah and Toronto Symphonies, among many others. Mr. Slutsky has given solo recitals throughout the United States, in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Canada, Latin America and the Far East. He has been heard in such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, Seoul’s Performing Arts Center,and Teatro Colon in Bogota. He has been a guest artist at the Stars of White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, International Mikkeli Music Festival in Finland, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Philips Gergiev Festival.
As an active chamber musician, Mr. Slutsky has performed with many renowned artists. His most recognized chamber collaborations have been with violinist Ilya Kaler. Since 1992, the Slutsky-Kaler duo has appeared in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and in major cities throughout South Africa. They have been acclaimed for their live performances as well as their superb recording of the Schumann Violin and Piano Sonatas on the Naxos label.
Mr. Slutsky received his early training at Moscow’s Gnessin Academy for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor. He completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. Throughout his career in the United States he continued to work with his long time mentor Alexander Eydelman.
Mr. Slutsky joined the faculty of Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1993 where he served as the Piano Department Chair from 2000 until 2003.