Boris Yoffe (born 21 December 1968 in St. Petersburg) is a Russian-born Israeli composer,[1] resident of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Boris Yoffe
Karlsruhe, nov. 2014.
Karlsruhe, nov. 2014.
Background information
Birth nameБорис Иоффе
Born (1968-12-21) December 21, 1968 (age 55)
Leningrad, USSR (Russia)
Genressymphonic, chamber, opera
Occupation(s)Composer, writer
Instrument(s)Violin, viola, piano
Years active1991 - present
WebsiteOfficial website



Boris Yoffe initially studied violin but turned to composing early, premiering his first works in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in 1983.[2]

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.[3] Yoffe was a scholarship holder from various foundations; In 2000 he received the prize from the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.[4]

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[5] 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″.[6]

Yoffe is also the author of numerous arrangements and arrangements as well as several musicological and philosophical essays.[7]




  1. ^ "Boris Yoffe: Song of Songs". The Irish Times.
  2. ^ Personal website
  3. ^ Profil Boris Yoffe: Komponist in Ka-News (Karlsruhe, Germany) 23 August 2006
  4. ^ Boris Yoffe: Komponist. 23. August 2006 (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  5. ^ "KlangRiffe [Sound ostinato] | 16.05.2003 - 00:00 to 18.05.2003 - 00:00 | ZKM". Retrieved 2024-06-18.
  6. ^ Boris Yoffe. "Musikalischer Sinn – Inhaltsverzeichnis" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  7. ^ Boris Yoffe: Seite & texte auf der Website KhanógrapH (de)