Russian-American cellist Borislav Strulev quickly gained a reputation as a musician of exceptional temperament, charismatic personality and virtuoso technique. The great American pianist Byron Janis said of Borislav Strulev: “He plays as if he were to the cello born. His sound, phrasing, coloring and technique already place him in position to follow the Russian tradition of cello playing. Watch this young man, and more importantly, listen to him.”
Borislav Strulev is a multi-stylist, the Renaissance man in the music world, who extends the range of genres from classical and contemporary classical music to jazz and crossover. The musician is open to exploring new forms of music and to a unique creative experimentation. One of these rare projects — the New York premiere of «Svyati» for cello and chamber choir of the British composer Sir John Tavener with the Little Orchestra Society and Orpheon Chorale, a piece later performed before the 30-thousand-audience in the Day of Slavic Written Language and culture in Khanty-Mansiysk. With the California Symphony Borislav has performed the American premiere of Suite for Cello and String Orchestra of the legendary composer Lou Harrison.
Since his U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center in 1993 Borislav Strulev’s career began to develop rapidly. Audiences on some of the world’s most prestigious stages have been fascinated by a “soloist … with a rich, singing tone” (The New York Times, the music critic wrote). Cello by French master Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris, 1844 c. sounded in Сarnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall, Merkin Hall — Lincoln Center (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Kravis Center and Van Wezel Hall (Florida), Auditorio de Madrid and Auditorio de Leon (Spain), Auditorio de Torino (Italy), Musikverein Wien Golden Hall (Vienna), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Big and Small Hall of The Moscow Conservatory, the Moscow International House of Music, Big Hall of St-Petersburg Academic Philharmonic named after D.D.Shostakovich, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (St-Petersburg).
Borislav is successfully working in film, television and radio. He regularly appears or performs in musical programs, talk shows and concerts on the main TV channels in Russia: 1st Channel, NTV, Russia, TVC, «Kultura». His recitals have been broadcasted live on WQXR, WBGO and WNYC in New York, WFMT in Chicago, France Musiques, and RAI (Radio televisione italiana). The Canadian motion picture “La Turbulence des Fluides” produced by Luc Besson, music composed by Simon Cloquet, on whose soundtrack Mr. Strulev is the featured artist has won three awards for best music at Festival International Musique et Cinéma – Auxerre — France and has been nominated for Canadian Academy Award (Genie) for best soundtrack. In 2007 with the same composer Borislav recorded new soundtrack for TF 1 to the new movie “La Taupe” directed by Vincenzo Marano. With Composer-Pianist Sergei Dreznin he recorded music for a complete restoration of a legendary 1927 Soviet silent film “Garden des Peches” (dir. by Olga Preobrazhenskaya) which was shown on ARTE twice in 2008.
The fame opens up exciting opportunities for creative plans and obtaining the highest recognition. Borislav has been privileged to play for the honor of political leaders as well as stars of show business, such as: Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, Mikhail Gorbachev, Michael Bloomberg, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Silvio Berlusconi, Prince Alexis N. Obolensky, Natan Sharansky, Billy Joel, Michel Legrand, Sean Lennon, Lord Lloyd Webber, JAY-Z, U2’s Bono, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, Leonardo DiCaprio. He has performed at the opening of the cultural program of the economic forum in Davos and the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg in the presence of Vladimir Putin and «G8 leaders», in The 6th Russian Rhapsody Charity Gala in London, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver representing Russia in the framework of Olympics cultural program.
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