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Boris Mironowitsch Pergamenschikow was one of the most renowned cellists of his time. Born in Leningrad on 29 August 1948, he studied initially with his cellist father and then with Emmanuel Fischmann. Pergamenschikow won a gold medal at the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
He had a brilliant career and was also one of Europe's most sought-after cello teachers. From 1998 he was a professor at the Berlin Music Academy 'Hans Eisler'. From his hospital bed, diagnosed with cancer, he kept instructing his students, among which were noted young cellists Claudio Bohorques and Sebastian Klinger.
Boris Pergamenschikow died in Berlin on Friday 30 April 2004, aged fifty-five.
Hope Breaking Through - Alban Gerhardt plays Bach at Munich's 'Long Night of Music', and has a late night chat with Tess Crebbin
One year on - Lars Vogt talks to Tess Crebbin about his late friend and partner, the cellist Boris Pergamenschikow
Profile. Cello and sushi - Meeting Danjulo Ishizaka for a bite, by Tess Crebbin
Ensemble. The Pergamenschikow legacy - Scenes and music from the First International Boris Pergamenschikow Scholarship Award Ceremony, described by Tess Crebbin
Triumph and smiles - Tess Crebbin was at the Echo Classics Awards in Munich
Ensemble. Winners and masters - The two Pergamenschikow Julians in concert, reviewed by Tess Crebbin
CD Spotlight. Fundamental spirit - The Pergamenschikow-Gililov recordings 1990-1994, appreciated by Tess Crebbin. '... fresh and invigorating ...'
CD Spotlight. Musical journey - The Pergamenschikow-Gililov recordings 1984-1989, reviewed by Tess Crebbin. '... peak performances ...'
CD Spotlight. Soul-cleansing - Pergamenschikow plays the Bach solo cello suites, appreciated by Tess Crebbin. '... he goes beyond what is written ...'
Ensemble. Coming home - The Pablo Casals Cello Competition, reported by Tess Crebbin
Ensemble. Fifth gear - Frans Helmerson and Pavel Gililov play at the Kronberg Academy in Germany, reviewed by Tess Crebbin
DVD Spotlight. Eight monsters - The Verbier Festival Tenth Anniversary Piano Extravaganza, reviewed by Tess Crebbin. '... many still kick themselves for not having been there ...'
Cello addiction - Tess Crebbin previews the Kronberg Academy's Second International Pablo Casals Cello Competition