Dmitry Yablonsky

Dmitry Yablonsky

Dmitry Yablonsky was born in Moscow into a musical family.

At a very early age he showed musical talent and at 6 was accepted at Central Music School for Gifted children already having an absolute pitch. Cello became his instrument and at 9 he played Haydn C major cello concerto with Gennady Provatorov conducting. During these few years before immigration Dmitry has performed in many cities of the former Soviet Union. In 1975 his mother a famed pianist Oxana Yablonskaya applied for a visa to leave the Soviet Union and was denied. For more than 2 years authorities did not let the family leave. With then help of many people and including signatures of artists as Catherine Hepburn, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen King and many others, visa was finally issued. Upon arriving in New York City, in June 1977, Dmitry auditioned for Juilliard School of Music and was accepted. After Juilliard he went to Curtis Institute of Music and then spent 4 years in Yale University.

In 1979 he was invited to participate in the Marlboro Music festival where he was the young participant.

Dmitry’s cello teachers have been: Isaak Buravsky, Aldo Parisot, Zara Nelsova, Lorne Munroe, David Soyer, not to mention lessons and master classes with Misha Shneider, Mstislav Rostropovich, Andre Navarra, Maurice Gendron, Janos Starker and many others. In Yale Dmitry took conducting class with Otto Werner Muller, who is considered one of the most influential conducting teachers in USA. He also studied conducting with Yuri Simonov and Gennady Rojdenstvensky. Dmitry Yablonsky has performed in halls as: La Scala, Carnegie Hall, Moscow Grand Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Taiwan National Hall, Codagan Hall, Cite de la Musique, Madrid Auditorium, Champs Elysees Theatre, just to name a few.

Dmitry started to conduct in 1989 in Camerino, Italy and since then has been very active as conductor as well. He has collaborated with orchestras such as: Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Moscow Soloists, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, De Filarmonie, Russian State Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Opera Orchestra Richon LeZion, Tenerife Orchestra, Lamoureux Orchestra, Orchestra National d’Ile de France, Belgian National orchestra, OFUNAM orchestra in Mexico Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and many more. Dmitry Yablonsky is Chief Conductor of Kyev Virtuosi and since 2016 Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra, which play from Vivaldi to Mahler symphonies. Dmitry Yablonsky and Kyiv Virtuosi started to record for the Naxos label and future releases include: Shostakovich Chamber symphonies, Valentin Silvestrov, Pleyel and Hofmann cello concertos, Italian Areas with Azer Zada, Dvorak cello concertos and much more. Dmitry Yablonsky has collaborated with musicians as: Monserrat Caballe, Olga Borodina, Eldar Abdrazakov, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Roberto Alagna, Krzysztof Penderecki, Dmitry Kitayenko, Vadim Repin and many more.

He has been very active in organizing music festivals all over the world and in 2009 together with Pianist Farhad Badalbeyli organized a large scale festival in Gabala, Azerbaijan, where many world name orchestras and musicians come to share musical experience. Wandering Stars festival in Israel. He has made more than 90 CDs for Naxos, Chandos and Warner/Erato labels. He is Grammy Nominee, Honorary Academician of the Independent Academy of Liberal Arts at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Artistic Personality of Azerbaijan, Professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and the Head of International Relations. Highlights of 2022-2023 season are: Kyiv Virtuosi Orchestra is in residence in Chieti, Italy in a beautiful Theatre Maruccino, Kyiv Virtuosi tour to Israel, March 2023, Kyiv Virtuosi Tour to South America May 2023. Film of all 6 Bach suites for Naxos, October 2022, concerts in USA, Italy, Spain, Switzerland just to name a few.

For his cello concerts he uses Matteo Goffriller and Joseph fillius Andrea Guarneri.