Boris Petrushansky was born in 1949 in Moscow into a family of musicians. He started playing piano at the age of five and had among his teachers the eminent Heinrich Neuhaus. After studying with Lev Naumov, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1975, having already distinguished himself in major international competitions, for example at Leeds in 1969, Munich in 1971, and Terni in 1975, where he won first prize.
M° Petrushansky’s highly original creativity and vivacious personality have gained him wide recognition as a concert pianist. Ever since the summer of 1975, when he gave two unforgettable recitals at the “Festival dei due Mondi” at Spoleto and the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” Festival (substituting Richter), Petrushansky has not looked back. His performances have taken him to Italy, Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the USA, Hungary, Japan, Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Africa and Australia. He has made numerous recordings with Melodia (Russia), Art & Electronics (Russia - U.S.A.), Symposium (U.K.), Fone, Agora, Dynamic and Stradivarius (Italy). The many orchestras that he has played with include: the S. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” Festival Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the European Community Chamber Orchestra, the “New European Strings”, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, etc. He has played with many renowned conductors, such as J. Ferencik, M. Atzmon, V. Fedoseev, E.-P. Salonen, V. Gergiev, A. Lazarev, P. Bellugi, S. Sondezkis, A. Nanut, R. Abbado, M. Shostakovich, Lu Jia, V. Jurowsky. Among his partners in chamber music, to name but a few, feature the legendary Leonid Kogan, Misha Maisky, Dmitri Sitkovetskiy, Valeriy Afanassiev, Cecilia Gasdia, Borodin Quartet, Philharmonia Quartett Berlin.
Boris Petrushansky is a member of jury of many international competitions, such as Busoni (Bolzano), Viotti (Vercelli), Casagrande (Terni), Chopin (Warsaw), Tongyeong, Orlèans, Paris, etc. In addition to his activity as a concert pianist, M° Petrushansky is very active as a teacher. From 1975 to 1979 he taught at the Moscow Conservatory, and over the years has given Masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Dublin, Royal Academy and Royal College of London, Rowan University of U.S.A (New Jersey), in Japan and at many other institutions in Germany and Italy. He lives in Italy, and has been a Professor at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” since 1990.