Emanuel Borok

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Emanuel Borok, violin

Emanuel Borok

Emanuel Borok, Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1985, has had a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Before coming to Dallas, Mr. Borok served for 11 seasons as Associate Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Born and trained in the Soviet Union, Mr. Borok received his early musical instruction at the re-known Darzinya Music School in Riga, Latvia, and the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow. In 1964 he became prizewinner of the most important National Violin Competition in the former Soviet Union. In 1971, he won the position of Co-Concertmaster in the Moscow Philharmonic.

Since emigrating to the West in 1973 Emanuel Borok has made many solo appearances in Israel, Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, Switzerland, Holland and throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall. His solo appearances have included the Bach Double Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Pinchas Zukerman and Brahms’s Double Concerto with Janos Starker, concerto and chamber music appearances at renowned festivals, such as La Jolla and Montecito Califoriia, Summit Music Festival in New York, Settimane Senese and Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona Italy, Gstaad Switzerland and others. His chamber music partners included such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Lynn Harrell, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Christopher Hogwood, Joshua Bell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Cho-Liang Lin, Sarah Chang and Paul Neubauer. Emanuel Borok was also featured in the Distinguished Artists Recital Series at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

In 1999 a recording by the Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change “ Voces Americanas” in which he took an important part was nominated for the Grammy Award, Mr. Borok has recorded the Shostakovich Violin Sonata with Tatiana Yanpolsky (a recording that received a four-star rating from the Penguin Cassette Guide), the solo part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with musicians from the Boston Symphony -named “Best of the Month” by Stereo Review Magazine, and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio with pianist Claude Frank and cellist Leslie Parnas -a recording honored by “Ovation” magazine as the record of the year.

Mr. Borok’s most recent recordings entitled “A Road Less Traveled” and “Songs for a Lonely Heart” released to critical acclaim on the Eroica label include seldom performed concertos by Joseph Haydn and romantic pieces for violin. Mr. Borok has published a book of original cadenzas for all five Mozart Violin Concertos with Theodore Presser Co.

In addition to his highly active performing life, Borok has established himself as an internationally recognized teacher having taught at the Tanglewood Music Center; the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland; Royal Conservatory and Academy of Music in London, Conservatoire de Paris, Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow and the Academy of Music in Prague. In the summer of 2005 he was invited to teach at the famous Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

In June 2010 Emanuel Borok was invited to perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Radio Philharmonic orchestra under the direction of Jaap van Zweden featuring a violin concerto written by Alexander Raskatov and dedicated to Mr. Borok’s 1608 Brothers Amati violin’s 400th birthday.

Emanuel Borok currently serves on the faculty of the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University.

Misha Rachlevsky, Conductor

Misha Rachlevsky's lifetime affinity for chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire began at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. Born in Moscow, his violin studies began at the age of five and continued through the well-traveled path of the Russian school of string playing. After leaving the Soviet Union in 1973, he lived and worked in different countries on three continents, and in 1976 settled in the United States, becoming active in the field of chamber music. Mr. Rachlevsky founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO) in 1984, and led it to international prominence, completing nine European tours in four years. In 1989, Rachlevsky accepted an offer from the city of Granada, Spain – a two-year project under which NACO became the resident orchestra of Granada while, concurrently Rachlevsky founded and led Granada’s own chamber orchestra. In 1991, in the heady aftermath of Moscow’s momentous events of August 1991, Misha Rachlevsky found it impossible to resist an opportunity presented by Claves to record Russian works for this label. When Claves concurred with his suggestion to realize the project with Russian musicians, Rachlevsky called auditions, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was created.

Fyodor Stroganov, Cembalo

Born in Moscow, Mr. Stroganov studied harpsichord, organ and composition at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor M. Chapuis. While a student he began an active performing life as an organist and harpsichord player. Mr. Stroganov received many prizes in competitions as an organist as well as a composer. He teaches harpsichord and organ at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and frequently performs with the Ensemble of Ancient Music under the direction of T. Grindenko in Russia and abroad.

Alexander Gotgelf, Cello

Born and educated in Moscow at the Gnessin Institute of Music in the studio of the renowned professor Armen Georgian, Gotgelf is a prizewinner in many national competitions as well as the Fifth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He performed in concerts as soloist and chamber music collaborator with Igor Oistrakh, Mikhail Pletnev, The Borodin Quartet and others. In 2002 the British firm Cello Classics released a recording in which Alexander Gotgelf is featured alongside the greats such as Pablo Casals, Emanuel Feuermann, Gregor Piatigorsky and others. Mr. Gotgelf is the distinguished Principal cellist of the Russian National Orchestra.

Olga Tomilova, Oboe

Olga Tomilova is considered one of the leading oboists of her generation. In 1991 while still a student at the Gnessin Academy of Music, she became the First Prize Winner of the National Wind Players Competition. In 2001 she won the position of Principal Oboe in the Russian National Orchestra. She has performed under the direction of some of the world’s leading conductors: E. Svetlanov, M. Pletnev, M. Rostropovich, V. Yurovsky, K. Nagano and P. Berglund. She has performed chamber music with such renowned musicians as: M. Pletnev, B. Berezovsky, Helen Grimahud, V. Repin, M. Vengerov, M. Maisky, D. Geringas, I. Arkhipova, L. Pavarotti, P. Domingo and J. Norman. She regularly performs in festivals in Salzburg, Gstaad, Calmar and Bregenz and records for Melodia, Deutsche Gramophone Geselschaft, Sony Classical, Decca and others.

Mikhail Furman, Bassoon

Mikhail Furman was born and educated in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music. Immediately upon graduation he accepted the position of Principal Bassoon with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and in 2001 became the Principal Bassoonist in the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia. He has participated in major festivals in Russia and Europe with G. Kremer, Y. Bashmet and M. Rostropovich. In addition to a busy performing life he is on the faculty of Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music. For his achievements in music Mr. Furman was awarded the title of Honorary Artist of Russia.

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