“Boris Belsky is one of my best students. Precise technique, delicate taste, the sense of style. He is the real virtuoso, not the ostentatious one. And behind all this – a restrained, noble manner of execution. All this puts him among the best guitarists of the modern guitar school of Ukraine.”
Vladimir Dotsenko, the professor of Kharkiv National Kotlyarevsky University of Arts, Merited Artist of Ukraine
“In music, as in life, you can say kind words, say them in a beautiful voice, having no inner kindness. And one can hear: the voice is beautiful, and the words are good – but there is no truth inside.
Boris Belsky is an honest musician. When he speaks music, he speaks sincerely, and you believe him.”
Eugene Finkelstein, laureate of the International Music Competitions, concert guitarist, Professor of Maimonides State Classical Academy in Moscow, Russia
“Mr. Belsky is one of the most compelling personalities in the Ukrainian and East European guitar scene. His virtuosic guitar playing, which has earnt him numerous international awards, is characterised by an aristocratic quality of control and subtle shaping, underpinned by a formidable and rare musical and general intelligence, which in turn is additionally nourished by his compositional activities.
It is that same intelligence and commitment, complimented with experience of musical teaching for over a decade, that gives him an edge as a teacher in all sorts of contexts. Whether it is teaching small children, or discussing detailed interpretive and technical issues with a peer, Mr. Belsky clearly recommends himself as a most impressive ambassador for the guitar.”
Aleksandr Tsiboulski, concert guitarist, laureate of the International Guitar Competitions, Australia
“Boris Belsky is among the best representatives of the guitar art in Ukraine. The laureate of prestigious international competitions, a member of the Presidium of the Association of Guitarists of National Ukrainian Music Union. The artist, who has a huge amount of musical masterpieces from the Renaissance to the modernity in his repertoire. Boris Belsky actively promotes National guitar heritage. Intelligence, nobility, subtle understanding of the peculiar properties of our era, deep penetration and revelation of the musical image are all the properties of Boris Belsky manner of execution.
It is important that besides the brilliant solo performance the musician has a wonderful accompaniment skill, plays in the family duet Belcanto, takes part in ensembles of various forms, conducts the orchestra of guitarists and has outstanding compositional abilities”.
Konstantin Chechenya, Honored Worker of Ukraine Culture, Ph.D. in History of Arts, Head of the Association of Guitarists of the National All-Ukrainian Musical Union, chief editor of the magazine “Guitar in Ukraine”, Art Director of the International Guitar Competition “GitAs” and Summer Guitar Academy, Ukraine
“Boris Belsky a wonderful guitarist and a musician, notable for many-sided giftedness (performing musician, tutor, composer, director of the orchestra), a big talent and high professionalism. Besides, he possesses huge commitment to work. I listened to Boris’ performance not once in Kiev, Minsk, and Gomel. I would like to point out the brilliance and picturesqueness of his performance, his extraordinary technique, and capacity to feel in a splendid manner partners while performing in a band. His performances are always perceived cordially by the public and have stable success.”
Evgeniy Gridyushko, concert guitarist, associate professor of Belarusian State Music Academy, composer, Belarus
“Concert of Boris Belsky at the festival “Crystal strings — 2009” included music pieces and adaptations of musical compositions by Ukrainian composers.
Bright, expressive, and a virtuoso performance of numerous pieces was cordially received by the audience of the festival amongst which were not only simple listeners, but music experts as well.
I believe it is worth pointing out the huge value of this programme that promotes new Ukrainian guitar music. Premier performance of a number of pieces took place. The success of the performance owes a lot to the high level of the performer, who is one of the best musicians among the young generation of Ukrainian guitarists.”
Pavel Ivannikov, the laureate of the International prize “Golden fortune”, the lead sololist in Donetsk Philharmonia, and a tutor of Donetsk Musical Academy, Ukraine
“Boris Belsky – is a many-sided personality in the guitar performance art: he is a well-known performer, talented teacher and composer. In my opinion, the layer of Ukrainian music that includes famous pieces, premier performances and his own musical works represents the most valuable part of his dynamic creative activity. The latter became sufficiently popular among guitarists and are loved by the audience.
Boris Belsky does not limit his activity to sole performance and successfully combines sound of his favorite instrument with domra (in duet “Belcanto”), with accordion and bass guitar (in trio “Liberty”), as well as with other instrumentation.
Boris Nikolayevich works successfully as a teacher as well, both at initial education stage– at Children’s music school No. 7, and at the highest stage – at the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts. His students, being in love with the guitar performance art, demonstrate knowledge of stylistics and particular nature of the performed music, and same as their teacher, the students are engaged in active concert activity, participate in various contests and festivals.”
Andriychuk P.O., a professor of the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts, art director of Ukrainian folk song and dance group “Darnychanka”, secretary of National All-Ukraine Union of Musicians, leading specialist of Ukrainian center of cultural investigations, and eminent specialist in the field of culture of Ukraine
“Boris Belsky is one of the leading guitarists of Ukraine, whose name is widely known far beyond the borders of Ukraine. Distinguishing characteristics of his performance are brilliant technical competence, highly professional attitude to music canvas, and a perfectly measured delicate perception of any musical material. Combination of these qualities with bright individuality, when interpreting music pieces, makes performance of Boris Belsky a memorable and extraordinary event.”
Oleg Boyko, a laureate of international contests, a concert guitarist, and the organizer of international festival of the guitar music, Ukraine
“For the first time I heard performance by Boris Belsky seven years ago. I was astonished by the complexity of the repertoire and highly professional performance. As a concert musician and a teacher with no doubts I can say that Boris Belsky is a guitarist of global scale, and his students are already winning recognition of audience at concert platforms.”
Marina Alexandra, a laureate of international contests, a tutor at Wingate University, North Carolina, and at the State University of North Carolina, founder and director of regular concerts “Muse of the guitar”, USA
“I had a wonderful impression from art-related and personal communication with Boris Belsky. First of all, he is a professional musician, who has impeccable knowledge of his instrument (the guitar). He is very delicate and music-oriented person. He is amazing solo and band performer. Working with a musician of such level is prestigious and a big honor.”
Igor Kazhdan, art director and chief conductor at Smolensk folk orchestra named after V. P. Dubrovskiy, Russia
“Belsky Boris is a modern Ukrainian concert guitarist, a teacher, a composer, who is widely known near and far abroad. The performer possesses a polished, elaborated technique, amazing understanding of character when interpreting a music piece. There is no monotonous tension or unpredictable moments in the performance of B. Belsky. The musician’s performance strikes with refinement and effortlessness, expert use of sound color groups of his instrument, and sounds palette.”
Petr Gordienko, a laureate of an international contest, the vice president of philanthropic All-Ukraine fund, the art director of the international contest-festival “Dniprovski Suzir’ya” (“Dnipro constellation”), and a composer, Ukraine
“Performance of famous Kiev virtuoso musician, Boris Belsky— is a wonderful gift to soul and heart of a genuine beauty connoisseur: cascades of bright sound compositions, unexpected outbreaks of passages, crystal flageolets, and deep mellow tones. In addition to brilliant technique, Boris Belsky has immense stage presence. His performances turn into important event, filling hearts with joy, and rendering a touch to the beauty.
Activity of B. Belsky in capacity of composer is very interesting and diversified. He works both with minor forms and big ones, which is rare for composer’s creating pieces for the guitar. The scale of “Variations of memory of F. Sora” is impressive, as well as airiness and ingenuousness in the popular and virtuoso piece “Naigrysh” (Folk tune).
Boris Belsky is a talented musician, inexhaustible popularizer, and an Artist with a big A.”
Yuriy Niprokin, solo performer at Odessa oblast Philharmonia, author of the book “Essays about guitarists”, Ukraine
Laureate of international contests Boris Belsky, belongs to the best guitarists of his generation. His bright artistic charisma and his brilliant instrumental technique characterize him as an international level performer. He is completely devoted to his instrument, works hard and in serious manner, and participates actively in the cultural life of Ukraine.
I wish him further creative success!
Yan Skrygan, laureate of international contests, concert guitarist, Germany