Composer Boris Pigovat was born in Odessa in the former USSR in 1953. He studied at the Gnessin Music Institute in Moscow. From 1978 he lived in Tadjikistan, but in 1990 he moved to Israel, and in 2002 he completed his PhD at Bar-Ilan University.
He has won various prizes - special distinction diploma at the International Composers Convention in Budapest for his Musica dolorosa No 2, ACUM Prizes for his Requiem 'The Holocaust' and Song of the Sea, and the Prime Minister of the State of Israel's prize.
His Requiem 'The Holocaust' for viola and symphony orchestra, dedicated to the Babi Yar tragedy, was first performed in Kiev on 2 October 2001, and also received a performance in 2008 in New Zealand. The Symphonic picture Wind of Yemen was performed at the Asian Music Festival 2003 in Tokyo. Massada was played at the ISCM World Music Days 2000 in Luxembourg and at the WASBE 2003 conference in Jonkoping. Prayer and Song of the Sea have been performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.