Yuri Boukoff

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Yuri Boukoff (Bulgarian: Юри Буков; May 1, 1923 – January 8, 2006) was a Bulgarian-French pianist. He was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France.[1]

In 1956, he was the first European pianist to make a tour to China.[2] In 1964, he became a naturalized French citizen. He pursued studies with Yves Nat at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and won the first prize in 1946. He was taught by George Enescu, Edwin Fischer, and Marguerite Long. Among his first prize awards in international piano competitions are Geneva in 1947, Long-Thibaud in 1949, Diemer in 1951, and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium in 1952.[3] His nickname was "Rubinstein of Bulgaria" [4]

Partial discography[edit]

  • n.d. Concerto No. 5 in E flat, "The Emperor", op. 73 by Beethoven, with Pierre Dervaux and L'Orchestre des Concerts Colonnes (World Record Club TP239 mono, also STP 239 stereo
  • 1953 piano pieces by Balakiorev, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Khachaturian (Philips, A76700R)
  • 1955 the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and poetic Caprichos No. 2 and 3 of Liszt (Philips A76706R)
  • 1960 the Sonatas "Appassionnata", "Pathetic" and "Moonlight" by Beethoven (GO3059L Philips)
  • 1960 Piano Concertos No 1 In E Flat & No 2 In A by Liszt (Philips, SABL 159 also 835 031 AY)
  • 1962 the Concerto "Emperor" by Beethoven with Georges Pretre (CC 507 B 13 061)
  • 1964? Piano sonatas 1-4 by Prokofiev CLP 1812 (reviewed in 'Gramophone', January 1965)
  • 1964? Piano sonatas 5-7 by Prokofiev CLP 1827 (reviewed in 'Gramophone', March 1965)
  • 1964? Piano sonatas 8 and 9 by Prokofiev CLP 1835 (reviewed in 'Gramophone', March 1965)
  • 1976 the Sonata in A major for violin and piano by César Franck and the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 op. 77 Ravel recorded alongside the young violinist Nell Gotkovsky (RCA Red Seal FRL10120)
  • 1970 Concerto #2 for piano and orchestra by Tchaikovsky with the Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of Romansky
  • 1980 the Symphonic Studies Op . 13 and Fantaisie op. 17 Schumann (MET2599.015)
  • 1970es Bach, including the Italian Concerto BWV 971, the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue BWV 903, Prelude and Fugue BWV 894, Sonata and Partita BWV 1004 and the famous figured chorale: Jesu, joy remains from Cantata BWV 147 (MET2599.005)
  • 1980es "Sonatas for Piano, Violin, Cello" by Richard Strauss (Adda Records)
  • "Anthology of Russian music" (Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky) (Adda Records)


Widow Evelyne (singer and novelist), son George Boukoff (philosopher by training, pianist and clarinetist), Yana Boukoff (singer, mezzo-soprano)[citation needed]


  1. ^ Roux, Marie-Aude (2006-01-12). "Youri Boukoff - Obituary". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  2. ^ "Youri Boukoff (Piano)". Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  3. ^ Boukoff, Evelyne (1995). L'odalisque des sables. Plon. ISBN 978-225918255-3.
  4. ^ 88 notes pour piano solo, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Neva Ed., 2015, p.316. ISBN 978 2 3505 5192 0

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