Tom Borrow has successfully performed as soloist with all major orchestras of his native country, Israel, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Rishon-LeZion / Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Ra`anana Simphonette and the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, among others.
In January 2019, Tom Borrow was called to replace renowned pianist Khatia Buniatishvili in a series of 12 concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In a 36 hour notice he performed Ravel Piano Concerto in G to public and critical acclaim. The main critic of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, Yossi Schifmann, hailed his performance as “brilliant” and “outstanding” and ended his review stating that “Tom Borrow is already a star and we will all surely hear about him”.
Born in Tel Aviv in 2000, Tom Borrow began studying piano at the age of five with Dr. Michal Tal, with whom he studied for 10 years at the Givatayim Music Conservatory and the Thelma Yellin School for the Arts. He is currently studying with Prof. Tomer Lev, Head of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the last three years Tom is regularly mentored by acclaimed pianist Murray Perahia through the Jerusalem Music Centre’s program for outstanding young musicians.
Tom has won every national piano competition in Israel, including first prize at the Israeli Radio & Jerusalem Symphony Young Artist Competition in Jerusalem, three first prizes at the “Piano Forever” Competition in Ashdod in three different age categories, and second prize in the “Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses” Concerto Competition, as well as the Audience Favorite and Best Israeli Competitor prizes. In summer of 2018 Tom won the prestigious “Maurice M. Clairmont” award, given to a single promising artist once every two years by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and Tel-Aviv University.
Tom has participated in several music festivals, both in Israel and abroad, including the Oxford Piano Festival, UK, Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses, and Music Fest Perugia in Italy.
Tom regularly plays in chamber ensembles, as part of the Jerusalem Music Centre’s David Goldman program for outstanding young musicians, and has performed in several live broadcast concerts of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.
Throughout the many masterclasses Tom has participated in, he had the privilege of working under the instruction of such prominent artists and pedagogues as sir András Schiff, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, and Tatiana Zelikman, among many others.
Tom has been a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships with distinction since 2012 and has received scholarships from the Tzfunot Culture Foundation and the Ronen Foundation.
Prospective engagements of Tom Borrow include a concert tour with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Europe, performing Beethoven Concerto no. 3 in C minor; and subscription series with the Haifa Symphony performing Brahms Concerto no. 1 in D minor.