“A very talented composer.” Vladimir Ashkenazy, pianist and conductor
“His music, simple and yet very complex at the same time, brings great pleasure and enrichment both to performers and listeners.
It takes life ‘between the notes’.” Roberto Prosseda, pianist
With many world premieres, scores of performances and multiple recordings of his music, composer Nimrod Borenstein is much in demand.
Leading artists and orchestras who play his work include Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic orchestra,
the Oxford Philharmonic, Roberto Prosseda, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and many others.
The son of a renowned artist, Nimrod’s first musical experience came as a child on holiday in France, when on a family walk through a forest
they came across an outdoors concert. “I just stopped and refused to move until the concert was finished two hours later. And I told my parents
then and there that I wanted to learn violin and be a musician.” recalls Borenstein. A love affair with music started, with the young Borenstein
challenging himself by listening to classical works on the radio, then turning the sound down halfway through and himself scoring the way he
felt the next 30 seconds would continue (he was often more or less correct)! Aged eight he developed a twelve-tone system. “I was very
pleased with myself, until someone told me that someone called Schoenberg had got there first,” laughs Borenstein.
In 1984 he won the competition of the Cziffra Foundation and became one of its Laureates. He moved to London in 1986, to pursue his studies
as a violinist with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music. He was then awarded the highest scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust
to study composition at the Royal Academy of Music (where he is now an Associate).
Every composer needs artists to perform their music. One of the most important for Borenstein has been Vladimir Ashkenazy, who took an
interest early on. A first opportunity to work together arose when Ashkenazy conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra for a performance of
The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe to great acclaim. This was quickly followed by a Philharmonia premiere, again with Ashkenazy,
If you will it, it is no dream. The collaboration has continued, culminating in 2017 with the release on the Chandos label of a major album
conducted by Ashkenazy, entirely devoted to Borenstein’s music.
That recording won hugely positive reviews, including BBC Music Magazine 'Choice' ("an exuberantly inventive composer"),
Classica (4 stars - "not only possesses a solid craftsmanship but even more important, a true personality. Finally, a music full of happiness!")
and MusicWeb International ("For sheer pleasure and melodic inventiveness nothing I have heard this year touches this delightful CD - charming
and accessible music to discover and enjoy.")
Borenstein’s music continues to rise in popularity, with his Suspended opus 69 in particular proving a huge international success with more
than 150 performances (from the Edinburgh International Festival to the Taipei Arts Festival) since its premiere in January 2015 at the Royal
Opera House, Covent Garden. The music was commissioned especially by Sean Gandini and Gandini Juggling for their ballet for jugglers and
dancers 4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures.The piece continues to tour the world and its score recorded, launching the Berlin-based Solaire label
(“Borenstein’s transparent, athletic string writing is stunningly realised…glorious, singing lines" - The Arts Desk).
Recent months have seen various notable premieres including the choral work And there was light performed by Ex Cathedra, his Concerto for
Piano, Trumpet and strings orchestra debuted and recorded by the English Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of his Cello Concerto No 2,
performed by Corinne Morris and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Nimrod’s substantial catalogue continues to develop and currently numbers
more than eighty works including ballet, concertos, orchestral and chamber music as well as vocal and solo instrumental pieces.