In January 2019, Tom Borrow was called on to replace renowned pianist Khatia Buniatishvili in a series of 12 concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. At only 36 hours’ notice, he performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G to sensational public and critical acclaim. The chief music critic of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, Yossi Schifmann, hailed his performance as “brilliant… outstanding”, ending his review with the words, “Tom Borrow is already a star and we will all surely hear more about him”. Following this successful series Tom was further presented by the IPO in gala concerts held in London and Mexico City, and reinvited for a subscription series in the 1920/21 season. International Piano magazine’s Summer 2019 issue included a two-page feature on Tom, naming him their ‘One To Watch’. Soon afterwards, Gramophone gave him the same accolade (“an exciting young pianist…individuality and elegance”).
Born in Tel Aviv in 2000, Tom Borrow has performed as soloist with all major orchestras of his native country, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Symphony Orchestra, among others. He began studying piano aged five with Dr. Michal Tal at the Givatayim Music Conservatory, and currently studies with Prof. Tomer Lev, Head of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University. Tom has been regularly mentored by 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, and three first prizes at the “Piano Forever” Competition in Ashdod (in three different age categories). In the 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.
After the Israel Philharmonic success, Tom has been invited by major orchestras around the world – recent and forthcoming engagements include the London Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra (televised by RAI), Czech Philharmonic, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, ‘La Verdi’ Orchestra of Milan, Basque National Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and others – and is invited by leading conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Thierry Fischer, Xian Zhang, Robert Trevino, Omer Wellber, Dan Ettinger, Tomas Netopil and Yoel Levi. Tom has also recently toured to Eastern Europe with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, to regular standing ovations, and to South Korea with the Tel Aviv Soloists.
Equally in-demand on the chamber music front, Tom is scheduled to make his Verbier Festival recital debut in 2021, and other international recital and chamber music engagements include Vancouver Recital Society, James Ehnes’s Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Tsinandali Festival (Georgia), Copenhagen Summer Festival, Bellerive Festival (Geneva) and the Biarritz Piano Festival. Previously he has performed at the Oxford Piano Festival, Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses and Music Fest Perugia.
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, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, and Tatiana Zelikman, among many others.
Tom has started to attract attention from some of the piano world’s leading media commentators. As well as the International Piano and Gramophone recognition, WWFM Radio in the US recently featured him as an outstanding young talent, with the much-respected presenter Jed Distler commenting, “Tom Borrow is an immensely talented young pianist…keep your eye on this really, really talented youngster – he is special”. International Piano also livestreamed Tom’s recital for the Rubinstein Virtual PianoFest. Tom recently signed to Hanssler Classic – Germany’s largest independent classical music recording label. His first album, ‘Romantica’, is due for release in the near future.