(Saxes,Violin Moscow - New York)
BK was born in the city of Omsk ,Russia.
At the age of six, he began his studies in a specialized musical school
majoring in violin. Then he went on to musical college to study oboe.
Later, Boris studied alto saxophone at Moscow State Institute of
In 1985, during Tudenti Jazz festival in Tallinn (Estonia), he made his
professional debut, performing in duo with Arkady Figlin (piano).
In 1988, he started performing with Allegro, one of Russia's most
famous jazz collectives to date (led by pianist and composer Nick Levinosky
The same year BK played a number of concerts with the band led by
India's most famous jazz musician - fusion violinist Dr.L. Subramaniam
during the latter's Russian tour.
In 1989 Boris performed at Copenhagen annual jazz festival with group Allegro.
In 1991 "Allegro" group played several concerts in Norway cities (Oslo
and Elverum ). The same year, BK was invited to join The
Moscow Sax Quintet (MSQ) led by Vladimir Zaremba as a soloist. With MSQ
he toured Germany. Then MSQ
was invited to the IAJE (International Association of the Jazz
) conference in San Antonio, Texas. There were performances in Houston,TX, Mobile, Alabama, and New York(January of 1993)
In 1990-1992, BK taught at Gnessins Music College in Moscow and Moscow State Institute of Culture.
During the 90s, he played as a soloist with several bands in Russia,
including ensembles led by Moscivite bass player and producer Аlex Rostotsky
, St.Petersburg's piano player
and by Gregory Fine
. Boris also participated in the Ivanov Brothers Jazz project,
and in Trаns Аtlаntic, one of Russia's fusion bands.
He successfully performed in Russia (Nizhni Novgorod, Perm, Yaroslavl
etc.), and abroad: Finland (Кuopiо, Jоnitsu), Sweden (Stockholm,
Skovde), France (Paris), and in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) and Burkina
The most important event for him was his participation at Copenhagen Jazz festival with Nick Levinovsky
's Allegro, 1990 and Montreal Jazz festival with Gregory Fine
quartet, 1997 .
After relocation to NY in 2000 he performed at number of live music scenes such as Soul Cafe,Le Bar Bat, Birdland and Carnegie Hall with prominent jazz players such as Art Lillard,Paul Bollenback,Marco Panascia,ect.
- Andrey Kondakov, Victor Dvoskin - "Deserted park", 1993,
Andrey Kondakov, Sergio Brandao, Cafe, Paolo Braga, Paul
Bollenback, Boris Kurganov - "Old And New Brazilian Tales"
- Elina "I Never Felt This Way Before" 2004
- NEW Boris Kurganov "Come Rain Or Come Shine" 2009 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/BorisKurganov