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Boris Belkin (Boris Davidovich Belkin) is a Russian violinist and teacher born (in Yekaterinburg – aka Sverdlovsk) on January 26, 1948. He began his violin studies at age 6. One year later, he made his first public appearance with Kiril Kondrashin on the podium. He was a student at the Central Music School (for specially gifted children) in Moscow, a branch of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At the Moscow Conservatory, his teachers – among others – were Yuri Yankelevich (teacher also of Leonid Kogan, Ilya Kaler, Zakhar Bron, Vladimir Spivakov, and Ruben Aharonyan), Maya Glezarova (assistant to Yuri Yankelevich), and Felix Andrievsky. He began his concertizing career in Russia while still a student, a very common practice everywhere. In 1974, at age 26, he left Russia and settled in Western Europe. (He had applied to take part in the Paganini Competition in Genoa but the authorities denied him a visa so he then applied to emigrate to Israel and from there, he made his way to Belgium.) He has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the world. He performed the Tchaikovsky concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein on April 22 and 24, 1975. On June 6 and 7, 1978, he played the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. Belkin's discography is not extensive by any measure but it includes the rarely performed Strauss concerto. He began teaching in Italy – at the Accademia Chigiana (founded in 1932) – in 1986. He also teaches in the Netherlands at the Advanced Music School (College of Music) in Maastricht (about 90 miles south east of Amsterdam – the city is a lot closer to Cologne, Germany and Brussels, Belgium than it is to Amsterdam.) Belkin has played a Stradivarius from the Russian State collection, a 1754 Guadagnini, and two modern violins (1994 and 2007) by Roberto Regazzi. For many years, he has used a bow made by a famous maker - Daniel Tobias Navea Vera. Here is one of Belkin’s YouTube files.