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Boris Pigovat (b.1953, Odessa, USSR) studied at the Gnessin Music Institute (Academia of Music) in Moscow. Between 1978 and 1990 he lived in Tadjikistan.
In 1988 he won the special distinction diploma at the International Composers Competition in Budapest for his composition Musica dolorosa No. 2 for Trombone quartet.
Boris Pigovat immigrated to Israel in 1990.
In 1995 he got the Prize of ACUM (Israeli ASCAP) for his composition Requiem “The Holocaust” .
In 2000 he got the prize of Prime Minister of State of Israel.
In 2002 he received his Ph.D. degree from Bar-Ilan University (Israel).
Many of his works have been performed throughout the world.
His composition Massada was performed at ISCM World music days 2000 festival in Luxembourg and at WASBE 2003 CONFERENCE in Jonkoping (Sweden).
The world premiere of Requiem “The Holocaust” for Viola & Symphony Orchestra took place at the Memorial evening dedicated to the Babiy Yar tragedy (Kiev, 2.10.2001, soloist - Rainer Moog).
In 2008 this work was performed in Wellington, New Zealand at the Concert of Remembrance 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht (soloist - Donald Maurice). The CD with this performance was released in 2010 by the label ATOLL (New Zealand). In 2012 the CD REQUIEM received the prestigious 'Supersonic' Award from the PIZZICATO Magazine.
The symphonic picture Wind of Yemen was performed at the Asian Music Festival 2003 in Tokyo and at the WASBE 2009 (Cincinnati) and 2015 (San Jose) CONFERENCES.
Three of his pieces were performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall: Prayer, Song of the Sea(world premiere, 2005) and Jerusalem Voices.
He got 2005 ACUM Prize for Song of the Sea.
His work Music of Sorrow and Hope (2011) was commissioned and premiered by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor - Zubin Mehta) at the IPO's 75th Anniversary Festival. In 2013 Maestro Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performed this work again in two concerts of the subscription series.
His work Poem of Dawn for Viola & Symphony Orchestra was premiered by Anna Serova and Zagreb-HRT Symphony Orchestra (conductor - Nicola Guerini) at Il Settembre dell'Accademia 2013, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona.
A new CD Holocaust Requiem/Poem of Dawn was released by NAXOS in 2015 (Soloist - Anna Serova). In October 2015 this CD received the 'Supersonic' Award from the PIZZICATO Magazine and was nominated for the 2016 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA).
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