“Tom Borrow is the very definition of ‘One to Watch’…outstanding” International Piano
Born in Tel Aviv in 2000, young Israeli pianist Tom Borrow has successfully performed as soloist with all major orchestras of his native country, Israel, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Ra`anana Simphonietta and the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, among others. For the last three years he has been regularly mentored by acclaimed pianist Murray Perahia, through the Jerusalem Music Centre’s program for outstanding young musicians.
In January 2019 Tom Borrow was called upon 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. The main critic of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, Yossi Schifmann, hailed his performance as “brilliant…outstanding”, ending his review with the words, “Tom Borrow is already a star and we will all surely hear more about him”.
Tom has won every national piano competition in Israel, including first prize at the Israeli Radio & Jerusalem Symphony Young Artist Competition in Jerusalem, three first prizes at the “Piano Forever” Competition in Ashdod (in three different age categories). In the summer of 2018 Tom 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.
He recently toured Estonia and Latvia with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Andres Mustonen, playing Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto – to regular standing ovations. Tom has participated in several music festivals including the Verbier Festival Academy, the Oxford Piano Festival, Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses, and Music Fest Perugia in italy.
Tom regularly plays in chamber ensembles, as part of the Jerusalem Music Centre’s David Goldman program for outstanding young musicians, and has performed in several live broadcast concerts of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Throughout the many masterclasses Tom has participated in, he had the privilege of working under the instruction of such prominent artists and pedagogues as Sir András Schiff, Sergei Babayan, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Klaus Hellwig and Tatiana Zelikman, among many others.
Tom has been a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships with distinction since 2012 and has received scholarships from the Tzfunot Culture Foundation and the Ronen Foundation.
in the coming months Tom is due to perform with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra (playing Brahms’s First Piano Concerto) and further on, making his debuts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tom Borrow began studying piano at the age of five with Dr. Michal Tal, with whom he studied for 10 years at the Givatayim Music Conservatory and the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts. He is currently studying with Prof. Tomer Lev, Head of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University.