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  • 2024 Artist-In-Residence, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP)

  • Recipient of the Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Award

  • BBC New Generation Artist

"Sensational...In a world teeming with gifted young pianists, Borrow stands out with a touch that's both light and powerful, and supremely incandescent."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer


"One of the greats of tomorrow...rapid, sensational rise...a poetic player with a mesmerising coiled-spring stillness."
Pianist Magazine

"The very definition of ‘one to watch’” International Piano

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.  Tom was further presented by the IPO in gala concerts in London and Mexico City, and they reinvited him for a second subscription series.


Later that year, International Piano magazine named him their ‘One To Watch’ and soon afterwards, Gramophone gave him the same accolade (“an exciting young pianist... individuality and elegance"). In December 2021, after his hugely-praised US debut with the Cleveland OrchestraMusical America named Tom their 'New Artist Of The Month'. Tom is a BBC New Generation Artist, and in July 2022, Tom made his debut at the BBC Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He was presented with the prestigious Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Award 2023. Across 2024 and '25, he is Artist-In-Residence for the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), in their 70th anniversary season, playing all the Beethoven concertos and more.

Born in Tel Aviv in 2000, Tom Borrow has performed as soloist with all major orchestras of his native country. He began studying piano aged five with Dr. Michal Tal at the Givatayim Music Conservatory, and continued with Prof. Tomer Lev 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. He also participated in masterclasses under the instruction of Sir András Schiff, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, and Tatiana Zelikman, among many others.

Tom 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 2018, he 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 Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony,  St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI,  Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Sao Paulo Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and others - and is invited by leading conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Fabio Luisi, Christoph Eschenbach, Sakari Oramo, Thierry Fischer Stephane Deneve, Xian Zhang, Robert Trevino, Peter Oundjian and Sir Mark Elder. Tom has also 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 and recital fronts, he is invited to the Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Ruhr Piano Festival, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Beethoven Haus Bonn, Vancouver Recital Society, Festival Piano Aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Aldeburgh Festival and Cheltenham Festival.

WWFM Radio in the US have featured him as an outstanding young talent, and Interlude magazine named him their 'Artist Of The Month'. RAI Television livestreamed his concert with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov, Wigmore Hall livestreamed his recital debut, ETB Television (Spain) broadcast a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 with the Basque National Orchestra under Robert Trevino, and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra are livestreaming his Beethoven concerts across his artist residency. In a recent feature, Pianist Magazine wrote of Tom, "Ethereal and enchanting... rapid sensational rise...certainly claiming his place as one of the greats of tomorrow...a poetic player with a mesmerising coiled-spring stillness."

This biography has been updated as of June 2024. Please do not amend without permission from James Inverne Music Consultancy.


Photo credit: Tal Givony

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Working on Beethoven, with mentor Murray Perahia

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