Boris Sandler, Violin
David* and Cecile Wang Chair
Boris Sandler was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in the former USSR, and began playing violin at age 7. He was first-prize winner at the State Competition for young performers at age 16 and played Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Mozart violin concertos with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. Boris moved to the United States with his family in 1979 and began studies with Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School. He then continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he received lessons with the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Glenn Dicterow. In 2007, Boris took a sabbatical from the Naples Philharmonic to play with a newly formed opera orchestra in Valencia, Spain, under the direction of Lorin Maazel.
Boris and his wife, Bella Gutshtein, are the hosts of the Russian Music Salon at their Naples home, where they have also hosted several Parties of Note. Boris has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 2001.