Boris Giltburg was selected by the great Zubin Mehta as the winner of the first Pnina Salzman Prize in Israel 2011 and has won many other prestigious prizes, including the top prize and Audience Prize in the Santander International Piano Competition, and second prize and Best Classical Concerto in the Artur Rubinstein Competition. An exceptionally busy and versatile performer, he recently replaced Denis Matsuev at one days notice performing Rachmaninovs Piano Concerto No.3 on tour in Germany. This CD is the culmination of many months of constant performance and study of Prokofievs War Sonatas, and the highly detailed and insightful booklet notes have also been written by Boris.
It isnt every day young pianists are compared to the great Richter, but Boris Giltburg has been on more than one occasion. In a sense, you can hear why: his Chopin Ballades at the Wigmore sounded gloriously poetic and free as he pushed and pulled at their tempi. It was old-school, but magical and quite ravishing too.
--Andrew Mellor, Classic FM Magazine, May 2011
These are powerful, intuitive performances, executed with stylistic understanding and arresting presence.***** --Telegraph, 30/08/12
Putting my head above a parapet, I have to say that these performances of Prokofiev's three war Sonatas eclipses all others on record-even those tirelessly and justifiably celebrated performances by Richter and Gilels. GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone Awards issue '12
Critics'Choice 2012 --Gramophone, Christmas '12