He was born in Irkutsk. He graduated from the Irkutsk College of Music in 1961, with the specialization in contrabass. He worked in the Irkutsk Symphony Orchestra. He also graduated from M.I. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory in 1969, with the specialization in contrabass, also he got the specialization in symphonic conducting art at Prof. A.M. Katz’s workshop in 1975.
When he was a student he was offered a position in the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. From 1976 to 1979 he has been a conductor of the Omsk Symphony Orchestra. In 1979 he came to Kuibishev to work as a deputy conductor of the Kuibishev Symphony Orchestra, when G.P. Provatorov was in charge of it. Boris Benkogenov’s symphonic repertoire contains about five hundred works. Boris Benkogenov performed at modern music and national music festivals and in the concerts of local composers. Since 1990 he has been working in the Ulyanovsk Symphony Orchestra as a deputy conductor. In 2002 he was offered a position at Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Repertoire: Nowadays at the theatre he conducts such operas as “Eugene Onegin” by P. Tchaikovsky, “Prince Igor” by A. Borodin, ballets such as “Anuta” to the music by V. Gavrilin, “Don Quixote” by L. Minkus, “Giselle” by A. Adam, “Chopiniana”, “Esmeralda” by C. Pugni, “Russian ballet of the Silver Age”, “Cipollino” by K. Khachaturyan, operettas such as “The Merry Widow” by F. Lehar, “The Riviera Girl” by E. Kalman, “The Bat” by J. Strauss, etc.
Awards: Honored Artist of Russia (2000) Honorary certificate from The Ministry of Culture of Samara Region (2016)