Boris Sichon, Percussion
Boris Sichon was born in the Ukraine, where he graduated performing arts high School studying percussion. He left his hometown to continue his musical education at the St.Petersburg Academy of Music. During his studies he played with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with well known conductors such as Yevgeny Mravinsky, Shostakovich, Badchan, Karapetian and many others.
After his graduation Boris was invited to join the Jewish chamber musical theatre in Moscow where he worked for 6 years as both stage musician and actor. Right after he worked for 5 years with the Russian National Folkloric Band as stage musician, dancer, and singer. During that time he had an opportunity to visit and perform in 25 different countries, on 5 different continents. While traveling the world, Boris also started to collect traditional local instruments and learned to play those instruments with well known native musicians.
From 1990 onwards Boris had been working with the Footsbarn Travelling Theatre (France) as both musician and actor. He went travelling, collecting instruments, and rare and valuable musical information with the Theatre Company. He then spent 5 years in Israel, working with Habima National Theatre, teaching at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, writing music for films and plays, as well as performing throughout the country.
When Boris came to Canada in 2004 he began performing right away, leading workshops, participating in Festivals (Vancouver Folk Fest, Comox Music Fest, Vancouver Island Folk Fest, Edmonton Folk Fest etc), playing as a solo and collaborating with Yungchen Lhamo, Jerry Douglas, Pavlo, Uzume Taiko among others. Mr. Sichon is also writing music for theatre (was nominated by The JESSIES for Outstanding Sound Design/Original Composition in small Theatre Category with Helen's Necklace, Pi Theatre).
Boris is the owner of a unique collection of ethnic musical instruments he has compiled travelling around the globe. His collection now comprises over 200 rare and unique musical instruments. A comprehensive list of the items in the collection can be found on this website.