Last January I had a chance to produce a recital of Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, the winner of the Sibelius Violin Competition of 2010, for the radio. He played in Hämeenlinna, the birth city of Jean Sibelius, with his old roommate Georgy Tchaidze from the Moscow Conservatory. Even though they studied together and played together in their leisure time, this was only the third time they actually performed together.
Both have great careers going, and Boriso-Glebsky has returned to Finland to play on may occasions. In the 2010 competition he received a special prize for the best interpretation of the Sibelius Concerto. "I have played it several times all over the world, but the most memorable performance is still the one at the competition with the Radio Symphony Orchestra," he recalls. "To play with these musicians who had grown up with this music and were living it was incredible. I haven't felt like that ever since."
At the January recital the chair of the Sibelius Birth City Foundation Erkki Korhonen gave Nikita Boriso-Glebsky the Sibelius Birth City Foundation Medal, a distinguished prize only given to distinguished artists!