Tom Borrow, the fast-rising Israeli pianist, has this week been named to the BBC New Generation Artists scheme (BBC NGA). One of the most prestigious such schemes in the world, the BBC NGA selects a handful of prodigious young international talents every two years. The NGAs are then offered a wide range of performing and developmental opportunities, across the BBC orchestras, Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival and others, including multiple broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Previous NGA pianists include, variously, Benjamin Grosvenor, Igor Levit, Jonathan Biss, Paul Lewis, Beatrice Rana, Ingrid Fliter and Simon Trpceski.
The first engagement of Borrow's NGA tenure will come this August, when he plays the Ravel Piano Concerto in G, in Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra, under conductor Jac van Steen. The Ravel concerto was the work with which Borrow leapt to attention in a last-minute jump-in (for Khatia Buniatishvili, herself also a previous New Generation Artist) with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2019. He will play the concerto again, for his Cleveland Orchestra debut under Semyon Bychkov, in a series of concerts this November.