Dmitri Pogorelov, violin
Critically acclaimed violinist Dmitri Pogorelov is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, and orchestra leader.
As a soloist, Mr. Pogorelov has appeared with Columbus, Flint, Palm Beach, and Spokane symphonies, as well as numerous orchestras in his native Russia.
An in-demand chamber musician, Mr. Pogorelov has performed with members of Vermeer, Avalon, Miami, Amernet, and the Fine Arts string quartets, the Lincoln Trio, as well as principal players of Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Colorado, and Seattle symphonies, Minnesota and Concertgebouw orchestras, Rochester and Florida Philharmonic orchestras, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Mannheim, and Darmstadt opera orchestras.
As first violinist of the Kontras String Quartet, Mr. Pogorelov has appeared at the Chicago Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival, Paul Hall of the Juilliard School, the Kennedy Center, and has also been featured on CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, WBEZ and WFMT Chicago. Dmitri and his Kontras Quartet colleagues have collaborated with renowned jazz and bluegrass artists – Branford Marsalis, the Kruger Brothers, and Steve Martin. Additionally, they are the Resident Quartet at Western Michigan University. Dmitri can be heard on recordings of chamber music by Gunther Schuller, Yehudi Wyner, Eric Ewazen, Kevin Volans, Dan Visconti, and Jens Krüger released by Albany, MSR, and Double Time Records.
A seasoned orchestral performer, Mr. Pogorelov has worked under Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Sir Mark Elder, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Cliff Colnot, Larry Rachleff, and Esa-Pekka Salonen as concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra. Currently he serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (OH).
Dmitri is presently a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music under the tutelage of Gerardo Ribeiro. Mr. Pogorelov holds degrees in music performance from DePaul and Lynn universities, having studied with Ilya Kaler, Elmar Oliveira, and Sergiu Schwartz.
Dmitri Pogorelov plays the “Radetzky” David Tecchler violin ca. 1720, on loan to him through the generosity of an anonymous donor.