"...Begelman is truly the current star of the baroque violin..." - Le Devoir
Quickly established as one of the most interesting violinists of his generation, Boris Begelman graduated in violin from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and later completed his training on the baroque violin in Italy. He has performed as a soloist or Konzertmeister on major international stages, including the Berliner Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, the Liceu Theatre in Barcelona, the Opera Royal de Versailles, the KKL in Lucerne, collaborating with orchestras such as the Complesso Barocco, Kammerorchester Basel, I Barocchisti, Cappella Mediterranea, and B’Rock Orchestra. Since 2017, he has been the Konzertmeister of Rinaldo Alessandrini's Concerto Italiano.
Begelman conducted from the violin the Accademia Bizantina, Il Pomo d'Oro, Accademia Montis Regalis, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, and soloists such as Vivica Genaux, Max Cenčić, and Simone Kermes.
In 2014, Boris founded his ensemble, Arsenale Sonoro, whose debut recording of a selection of Telemann's Sonatas for Violin and Continuo for Sony DHM was enthusiastically received by critics worldwide. His new album dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti has been released in 2022 on Obsidian Records, featuring an interesting interpretation of some sonatas traditionally performed on the harpsichord, but potentially intended for the violin and continuo instead.
In 2017, he released "Sei solo" for DHM, which features a complete recording of J. S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, and was awarded as one of the exceptional recordings by the Spanish magazine Scherzo. Boris has joined the prestigious Vivaldi Edition catalogue with the album "Le nuove vie", where he performs six virtuosic Vivaldi concertos accompanied by Concerto Italiano and conducted by Alessandrini. His performance, released on Naïve in 2021, was called "a dazzling ray of sunshine" by BBC Music Magazine, and was featured as the Concerto Choice in the September 2021 issue.
On October 27, 2023, a new recital album featuring Francesca Aspromonte with Arsenale Sonoro conducted by Boris Begelman is expected to be released for Pentatone.
Among his upcoming commitments, in addition to his activities as Konzertmeister, he will conduct concerts with Arsenale Sonoro and soprano Francesca Aspromonte for the Musik&Kirche Festival in Bressanone, the Argiano Baroque Festival, and Monteverdi Tuscany, as well as record and conduct concerts with Accademia Montis Regalis, and perform as a soloist and conductor for the Amici della Musica season in Cagliari.
In addition to his concert activity, Boris is dedicated to teaching. Since November 2022 he has been teaching Baroque violin at Scarlatti Conservatoire in Palermo and regularly holds Masterclasses. The next one will be held at the Domaine Forget&Charlevoix Academy in Canada in July 2023.