Boris Yoffe

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Boris Yoffe
Yoffe Boris 7no214 aKhanon.jpg
Karlsruhe, nov. 2014.
Background information
Birth nameБорис Иоффе
Born (1968-12-21) December 21, 1968 (age 49)
Leningrad, USSR (Russia)
Genressymphonic, chamber, opera
Occupation(s)Composer, writer
InstrumentsViolin, viola, piano
Years active1991 - present
WebsiteOfficial website

Boris Yoffe (born 21 December 1968 in St. Petersburg) is a Russian-born Israeli composer, resident of Karlsruhe, Germany.


Boris Yoffe initially studied violin but turned to composing early, premiering his first works in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in 1983.[1]

He emigrated to Israel before the break-up of Soviet Union, and completed his composition studies at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. Later he moved to Karlsruhe, Germany to study with Wolfgang Rihm in 1997.[2] Around that time, the composer began composing a series of short one-page pieces for string quartet. These were given a performance at ZKM in Karlsruhe in May 2003[citation needed] and recorded on the ECM label by the Rosamunde Quartett with the Hilliard Ensemble. Boris Yoffe himself considers his work not specifically national: Russian, Israeli or German, but in principle ″belonging to all three cultures″.[3]

From modern composers Boris Yoffe distinguishes for himself such paradoxically different landmarks as Galina Ustvolskaya, Morton Feldman and Yuri Khanon.[4]:512-513


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Personal website
  2. ^ Profil Boris Yoffe: Komponist in Ka-News (Karlsruhe, Germany) 23 August 2006
  3. ^ Boris Yoffe. "Musikalischer Sinn – Inhaltsverzeichnis" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  4. ^ Boris Yoffe: Im Fluss des Symphonischen. (eine Entdeckungsreise durch die sowjetische Symphonie). — Wolke Verlag, Hofheim 2014, S.648, ISBN 978-3-95593-059-2.