His father was also a cellist, and gave his son his first lessons.
In 1974, Boris Pergamenschikow won a gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1977, he emigrated from the USSR to the West, which enabled him to start an international career. In 1984, his debut in New York was enthusiastically reviewed. Over the following years he performed as a soloist with leading orchestras and acclaimed as a chamber musician.
- Duchen, Jessica (5 May 2004). "Boris Pergamenschikow". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
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