Originally from Lyon, France, Boris immigrated to Canada with his mother soon after she landed a post with the airlines. Thanks to her work, he was able to fly extensively and by the time he'd reached his teens, Boris had travelled to many destinations the likes of India, Japan, Latin America, French Polynesia, the Carribbeans, the US and much of Europe, all of which shaped his outlook on the world. His father, a successful artist in Lyon, had a big influence on Boris' affinity for the arts.
At age six, Boris took his first piano lesson and eventually earned the A.R.C.T. diploma, the highest level awarded by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He later went on to complete the Jazz Diploma Program at Vancouver Community College and a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of British Columbia. Though much of his formal training is centered around Classical piano, his true passion is for Jazz and World music.
During his College years, Boris made his living as a lounge pianist and taught piano part-time. He later joined the internationally acclaimed Celtic-funk band Mad Pudding with whom he toured throughout Canada, the US, and Europe for a decade. As the bassist for Mad Pudding, he performed at many prestigious music festivals including Cape Breton's "Celtic Colours", Vancouver and Winnipeg Folk (Canada), Glasgow, Shetland and Orkney Folk (Scotland), Edinburgh Fringe (Scotland), Fylde Folk and Canterbury Arts (England), Skagen (Denmark), Philadelphia Folk (USA), San Francisco Celtic (USA), and many more! Other highlights include performances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Simon Fraser University Pipeband, and nominations for three West Coast Music awards.
Boris founded the trio Pastiche (pastiche.ca), and he currently performs with Jersey fiddler Shona Le Mottee (shona.ca), Cuban vocalist Deborah Ledon (deborahledon.com), and children's entertainer "Music With Marnie" (musicwithmarnie.com). Aside from performing, Boris teaches music at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. He is also an amateur fiddler and is learning to play the Uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) and Sackpipa (Swedish bagpipes).
In early 2004, he ventured into instrument-making and has since successfully completed numerous sets of bagpipes. He is often commissioned to produce new sets and plans to hone his pipe-making skills over the years to come. He is currently working on designing the first ever Canadian bagpipe.