In January 2019, Tom Borrow was called on to replace renowned pianist Khatia Buniatishvili in a series of 12 concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. At only 36 hours' notice, he performed Ravel's Piano Concerto in G to sensational public and critical acclaim. The chief music critic of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, Yossi Schifmann, hailed his performance as "brilliant... outstanding", ending his review with the words, "Tom Borrow is already a star and we will all surely hear more about him". Following this successful series Tom was further presented by the IPO in gala concerts held by the orchestra in London and Mexico City. International Piano featured him in July 2019 with the words "Tom Borrow is the very definition of 'One To Watch’ ...outstanding". In its February 2020 issue Gramophone magazine gave him its own “One To Watch” accolade, describing him as an “exciting young artist…(with) individuality and elegance.”
Born in Tel Aviv in 2000, young pianist Tom Borrow has successfully performed as soloist with all major orchestras of his native country, Israel, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Ra`anana Simphonietta and the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, among others. For the last three years he has been regularly mentored by Murray Perahia, through the Jerusalem Music Centre’s program for outstanding young musicians. In the summer of 2018 Tom won the prestigious "Maurice M. Clairmont" award, given to a single promising artist once every two years by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and Tel-Aviv University. He has been a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships with distinction since 2012 and has received scholarships from the Tzfunot Culture Foundation and the Ronen Foundation.
Tom recently toured Estonia and Latvia with the Jerusalem Symphony, under the baton of Andres Mustonen, playing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto to regular standing ovations. He has participated in music festivals including the Oxford Piano Festival UK, Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses, Music Fest Perugia in Italy, and the Verbier Festival Academy. Last summer he toured South Korea with the Tel Aviv Soloists (playing Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto) and played subscription concerts with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra (playing Brahms's First Piano Concerto).
Forthcoming engagements include his London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall in June and the London Philharmonic Orchestra later in 2020, plus the Czech Republic with the Czech Chamber Orchestra at the Kocian Festival, and France at the Biarritz Piano Festival. Several upcoming engagements in North America include the Vancouver Recital Society, Seattle Chamber Music Society: Winter Festival and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (under Music Director Xian Zhang). In 2022 he performs for the first time with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) under Music Director Thierry Fischer.
Tom regularly plays in chamber ensembles, as part of the Jerusalem Music Centre’s David Goldman program for outstanding young musicians, and has performed in several live broadcast concerts of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Throughout the many masterclasses in which Tom has participated, he had the privilege of working under the instruction of such prominent artists and pedagogues as Sir András Schiff, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, and Tatiana Zelikman, among many others.
Tom Borrow began studying piano at the age of five with Dr. Michal Tal, with whom he studied for 10 years at the Givatayim Music Conservatory and the Thelma Yellin School for the Arts. He is currently studying with Prof. Tomer Lev, Head of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University.
He has signed to Hänssler Classic, for whom his first album, entitled 'Romantica', will be released in autumn 2020.
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