Dmitri Berlinsky Associate Professor of Violin


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Dmitri Berlinsky is associate professor of violin and artist teacher at the Michigan State University College of Music.

He 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 Gesú 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, and North and South America.

Berlinsky has performed in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Munich Herkulessaal, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Bonn Beethoven Hall, Le Place des Arts in Montreal, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, among others. 

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, Bratislava Festival, as well as appearances at the Ambassador Foundation in Pasadena, the Fiddle Fest at Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City

Recently, he performed with Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, Russian National Orchestra at the Arts Square Festival in St.Petersburg, Prague Radio Symphony at the Budapest Spring Festival, Orchestra de Chambre Français in New York, and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic on a European Tour. He directed and performed with “International Chambers Soloists” at the Fontana Arts Festival, San Francisco Conservatory, and in New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. He gave recitals in the U.S., Taiwan, Korea, England, Italy, Mexico, and Brazil.

His other highlights include performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Montreal Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Quebec, Utah, Virginia, Kalamazoo, Miami, San Antonio, and West Virginia Symphonies,

Seoul Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Weimar Staatskapelle, Berlin Staatskapelle, Gent Opera Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana, UNAM Symphony in Mexico City, I Musici de Montreal in Canada and the United States, a South American tour with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, as well as appearances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and festivals in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, Taiwan, and Costa Rica. 

His playing was featured in the Emmy-Award documentary “Life on Jupiter” and “New York Canvas.”

His students have won important international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, Tibor Varga, and William Byrd, and have assumed positions in orchestras including the Boston Symphony and the concertmaster position of the Seattle Symphony.

In high demand as a teacher Berlinsky has taught and given master classes in Europe, Asia, Canada, and in the U.S. at the Chautaqua Festival, Summit Music Festival in New York, Festival Internacional de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, International Academy of Music in Italy, Music in the Mountains in Colorado, Schlern Festival, Instrumenta Verano in Mexico, University of South California in Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Temple University in Philhadelphia, DePaul University and Roosevelt University in Chicago, Western Michigan University, Weber University in Utah,  and UNT in Texas.

Berlinsky is the founder of the chamber orchestra “International Chamber Soloists” and Artistic Director of “Southampton Arts Festival” in Long Island, New York. He has been the recipient of many awards including those from SONY, Juilliard, YCA, and the Bagby Foundation.

For several years he played on the famous “Yusupov” Stradivarius – the same instrument David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan played.

Link: Information about International Chamber Soloists

Video: International Chamber Soloists


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