2019 SVF Faculty
Boris Garlitsky is an extremely lively musician of high intelligence and flexibility, with a wonderfully round tone and solid reliable technique … Concert Master of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Garlitsky measures up to every Concert Master of the world’s top orchestras, such as New York, Vienna, Berlin etc., and can play an outstanding role in all leading international orchestras.” These are the words of Kurt Masur, one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, with whom Boris Garlitsky worked together throughout many years. And still, Mr. Masur’s words grasp but a part of Boris Garlitsky’s musical richness.
Born in Russia, Mar. Garlitsky received his first music lessons from his father, the author of the standard textbook for young violinists “Step by Step”. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Prof. Yankelevich and later toured as a leader and soloist with the Moscow Virtuosi ensemble. In 1982, Boris Garlitsky won the Italian Paganini Competition and has performed, among others, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia as well as the Milan based Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and the British Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His interpretations of Shostakovich’s violin concerto “was worthy of the work’s first interpreter, David Oistrakh”, the Lyon Figaro commented.
Mr. Garlitsky is an active participator in several international music festivals. He takes part in the Pablo Casals Festival in France, Mostly Mozart in New York, the London Proms, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Chamber Music Festival at Lockenhaus in Austria. Also, Mr Garlitsky performs for the BBC, Radio France as well as a number of radio stations in Italy, Russia and the United States. He has recorded for RCA, Naxos, Chandos and Polymnie. Boris Garlitsky is an outstanding chamber musician, his Hermitage String Trio is “true brilliance! …undoubtedly one of finest of its type” (Strad). Mr. Garlitsky has collaborated with Pinchas Zuckerman, Gidon Kremer, Marta Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Truls Mork, Maria-Joao Pires, Antonio Meneses.
Today, Mr. Garlitsky devotes a large amount of his time to education. He holds a chair at two outstanding music Institutes, the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen (Germany). In addition, Mr. Garlitsky offers master classes on a yearly basis at the most renowned music institutions including the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Peabody Conservatoty in Baltimore, Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin and Kronberg Academie.