“A very talented composer.”
—Vladimir Ashkenazy, pianist and conductor
“His music, simple and yet very complex at the same time, brings great pleasure and enrichment both to performers and listeners. It takes life ‘between the notes’.”
—Roberto Prosseda, pianist
With many world premieres, scores of performances and multiple recordings of his music, composer Nimrod Borenstein is much in demand. Leading artists and orchestras who play his work include Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic orchestra, the Oxford Philharmonic, Roberto Prosseda, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and many others.
The son of a renowned artist, Nimrod’s first musical experience came as a child on holiday in France, when on a family walk through a forest they came across an outdoors concert. “I just stopped and refused to move until the concert was finished two hours later. And I told my parents then and there that I wanted to learn violin and be a musician.” recalls Borenstein. A love affair with music started, with the young Borenstein challenging himself by listening to classical works on the radio, then turning the sound down halfway through and himself scoring the way he felt the next 30 seconds would continue (he was often more or less correct)! Aged eight he developed a twelve-tone system. “I was very pleased with myself, until someone told me that someone called Schoenberg had got there first,” laughs Borenstein.
In 1984 he won the competition of the Cziffra Foundation and became one of its Laureates. He moved to London in 1986, to pursue his studies as a violinist with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music. He was then awarded the highest scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust to study composition at the Royal Academy of Music (where he is now an Associate).