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Michael Boriskin, piano

Michael Boriskin. photo credit: Richard BowditchMichael Boriskin's wide-ranging performing and recording activities, fostering of new and unusual music, and work towards re-energizing concert life have taken him through three centuries of musical composition and to over thirty countries. A native New Yorker, he made his solo recital debut on the Lincoln Center Great Performers Series last year. His extensive international itinerary includes the San Francisco, Seattle, and Utah Symphonies, Bavarian Symphony of Munich, New York Chamber Symphony, Polish National Radio Orchestra, and UNAM Philharmonic of Mexico City. He has appeared at many of the world's foremost concert venues, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Istanbul International Festival, Athens Festival of Music and Dance, and is Artistic Consultant for a three-concert series this season at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. His innovative National Public Radio series, CENTURYVIEW, is heard regularly on over 200 stations coast-to-coast as part of the Performance Today program. Mr. Boriskin is a prolific recording artist, with a large discography ranging widely from Brahms and Tchaikovsky to the present on BMG/Conifer, Harmonia Mundi, New World, Albany, and other labels. He was recently named Artistic Director of The Copland Heritage Association, which oversees the newly-restored Aaron Copland House, a unique creative center for American music.Gerard Schwarz has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 1985, of the New York Chamber Symphony since 1976, and of New York's Mostly Mozart Festival since 1982. Under his leadership, he has amassed a vast recording profile of award-winning albums for the Seattle Symphony and brought them to their new home in Benaroya Hall in a gala concert on September 12, 1998; his appearances with Mostly Mozart have continued their prestige as New York's favorite summer festival and brought them a large television viewing audience on the PBS network as well as an international profile with tours; and he has brought the New York Chamber Symphony from a fledgling organization to a full concert season at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. His appearances as a guest conductor have brought him to several major orchestras, including the Washington Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Kirov Opera, and the Seattle Opera. In addition, he was the Artistic Advisor to Tokyo Bunkamura's Orchard Hall from 1994 to 1997, in conjunction with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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