Professor of Violin Travels with London Philharmonic

Artist-teacher Berlinsky brings lessons from the world stage to the MSU classroom.

Associate professor of violin Dmitri Berlinsky introduced on stage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic conductor, Ariz Shokhakimov at left with Dmitri Berlinsky

While he is considered among the leading solo violinists in the world, Dmitri Berlinsky admits he learns something new to teach his students every time he steps on stage.

“I work very hard to project my knowledge as a performer in my teaching,” says the artist-teacher and associate professor at the MSU College of Music. “For me, it’s important that I go on stage and have experiences that I can later share with students.”

Berlinsky’s most recent international engagement included a two-night show as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in late 2014. Led by conductor Aziz Shokhakimov, Berlinsky performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a piece he learned as a young musician and later played as a teen in the 1985 Paganini International Violin Competition.

“It was a very special experience for me,” reflects Berlinsky on playing a work that had earned him honors as the youngest-ever musician to win at Paganini. “Performing this concerto brings back all my professional experience, all my teaching, and a lot of memories. Every time I play it, it still feels like I’m playing it for the first time.”

Berlinsky’s performance with the London Philharmonic was bookended by master classes at two prestigious international schools. Before coming to London, he taught a master class at the Tashkent Conservatory and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, led by conductor and MSU College of Music alumnus, Tigran Shiganyan (DMA’09), a former violin student of Berlinsky. After leaving London, he traveled to the English countryside to teach a day of master classes with the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music.

“Dmitri’s presence on national and international stages is representative of the exceptional talent on both our performance and academic faculty,” says James Forger, dean of the MSU College of Music. “His ability to collaborate and network with some of the world’s greatest musicians and ensembles on the highest level, translates into dynamic educational experiences and opportunities for our students.”

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