234th Season

Dmitri Berlinsky

Violin soloist

It is rare to find an artist who has achieved the impeccable credentials and uncompromising artistry of Dmitri Berlinsky. As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Berlinsky's intention is to bring music's spirit to his audience, reaching levels above mere entertainment. Mr. Berlinsky arrived on the International scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini's own Guarneri del Ges? instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition (Grand Prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America. Mr. Berlinsky has performed in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin Schtatspiellhaus, the Munich Herkulessaal, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Bonn Beethoven Hall, and Le Place des Arts in Montreal among others. Since coming to the United States in 1990 as the winner of the renowned Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Berlinsky has performed hundreds of concerts and given recitals in more than forty states throughout the USA. He has also performed in Australia, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Uruguay, Colombia and Peru. His extensive performance schedule has taken him to the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, the Settimane Musicale in Stresa (Italy), as well as appearances at the Ambassador Foundation in Pasadena, the Fiddle Fest at Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street Y – and a South American tour with the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Recent highlights include performances with the St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Brott Festival Orchestra, Utah, Virginia, Kalamazoo, Miami, San Antonio, and West Virginia Symphonies, and with I Musici de Montreal in Canada and the United States, as well as appearances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and festivals in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Costa Rica. Born in Petersburg into a family of musicians, Mr.Berlinsky began studying the violin with his father. At a very early age he appeared as soloist with the St.Petersburg Symphony and the Moscow Philharmonic. His most important teacher in Russia was Mikhail Bezverkhny. He studied at the Music School for Gifted Children with L.Ivaschenko, B.Sergeev and B.Gutnikov. Later he attended the Moscow Conservatory where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees studying under Victor Tretiakov, E.Chugaeva and N.Latinsky. After graduation he was invited to work with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School. Mr. Berlinsky's Pavane CD recital “Live at Waterloo” recorded in Belgium and his latest recording "Souvenir D'un Lieu Cher" on Helicon Records have won critical acclaim. Dmitri has been on the faculty of Michigan State University since 2001. His former students have won important international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, and Tibor Varga, and have assumed positions in orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Berlinsky is the founder of a new string ensemble, “International Chamber Soloists,” which brought together advanced string players at the MSU College of Music. They perform regularly and recently performed in Mexico and participated in the Costa Rica International Festival with the opening concert at the National Theatre in San Jose.

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1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky-2 (New Theatre):
34 Dekabristov Street
St. Petersburg
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20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg
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