Boris Konovalov (Russia/Canada)
One of the most prominent pianists of his generation, Dr. Boris Konovalov received his education from the Novosibirsk Glinka Conservatory (under Prof. S. Gindis) and then the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (under Prof. Vera Gornostaeva, who in turn was a student of the legendary H. Neuhaus – the teacher of Gilels and Richter among others).
At the age of 11, Boris was awarded first prize at the All-Siberia Piano Competition. At the age 21, he won first prize at the 1977 Russian National Piano Competition in Kazan.
Since then, Dr. Konovalov had numerous tours in many countries, including Russia, Israel, Germany, England, Austria, USA, China, South Korea, and Canada.
Highlights of these concert tours include performances at The Chopin Society in London and Jerusalem, the Great Hall in Moscow, International Festivals in Banff, and solo recitals in Vienna, Austria.
Boris Konovalov made his orchestral debut at the age of 16, performing Liszt’s Concerto No.1. Since then, he has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Arnold Katz (Russia), Vassilij Sinaisky (UK), Robert Bernhardt (US), Lu Sha (China), Alexei Kornienko (Austria) and others.
Dr. Konovalov began his teaching career at the age of 23. He has held professor’s positions at the Novosibirsk Glinka Conservatory (Russia),
Jerusalem Rubin Academy and Mevaseret-Zion Conservatory (Israel),
Alberta College Music Conservatory (Edmonton, Canada), and Tom Lee Music Academy (Vancouver, Canada). He has given masterclasses at the Art College of Nicosia (Cyprus), University of Arizona (Tucson, USA), University and Art High School (Seoul, South Korea), Sapporo Conservatory (Japan), etc.
Dr. Konovalov is in great demand as an adjudicator for various Festivals and Competitions, including the North Shore Festival and the Russian Music Festival in Vancouver, Canada, the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) throughout all of Canada, the Jerusalem Music Festivals in Israel, and many more in Russia.
Boris Konovalov released six solo CDs, recorded live from his concerts.
He also recorded many concerts for radio and TV programs in Israel and Russia.
The vast repertoire of Boris Konovalov includes all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, approximately 40 solo programs and 30 Piano Concertos.
Currently Dr. Boris Konovalov is running his own studio in Richmond and North Vancouver, B.C.