Dmitry Smirnov


During the last 2 years Dmitry was invited as a soloist by the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra Saint-Petersbourg, the Moscow Philharmonic State and the Chamber Orchestra of Moscow, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Argovia Philharmonic and others with Concertos by Haydn, Mozart, Nielsen, Schumann, Stravinsky, Bartok, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Bernstein, He was among the “Jeunes Etoiles” at Gstaad Menuhin Festival 2019. In the season 2022-23 his schedule also includes the performance of Mozart Violin Concerto on historical instruments with Accademia Theresia conducted by Giovanni Antonini. Past engagements include performance of chamber music with Sol Gabetta at SOLsberg Festival, the Debut recital with pianist Marco Scilironi in LAC for LuganoMusica on 21. April 2021 as well as a Debut solo recital during Lucerne Festival on 19. August 2021. Still in 2021 he releases his first CD with works by Bach and Bartok (FHR London). He is working with an ensemble “Il Pomo d'Oro'', with Heinz Holliger for “Swiss Chamber Concerts”, with  Giovanni Antonini for “Haydn 2032 Project”. In 2018 he founded his own chamber ensemble, the “Camerata Rhein” in Basel for experimental and film music performances. In 2021 he created the string trio “Infernale” performing only modern music. Dmitry was born in St. Petersbourg, and studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory (Elena Zaiceva), afterwards at the Lausanne Institute of Advanced Musical Studies (Pavel Vernikov) and at the Basel Music Academy (Rainer Schmidt).  Dmitry won prizes and awards of  international music competitions among which are:
  • ​ARD Musikwettbewerb – (2st Prize and GENUIN Prize 2021)
  • Concours international Long-Thibaud-Crespin (Paris, 3d Prize 2018 and Prize Etienne Vatelot for best interpretation of contemporary music)
  • Concours international de violon Tibor Varga (Sion, Switzerland 2015) - 1st Prize and audience award
  • Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists (Cardiff, 2008) – 2nd Prize
  • ​International Oistrakh Competition (Moscow, 2006) – 1st Prize and Special Award
He is playing on a violin (2018) made by Philipp Bonhoeffer and a viola (2019) from the same maker. His second double CD is planned to be released in Summer 2022 with the works of Eugene Ysaye and rare salon music of the early 20th century as Chansarel, Crickboom, Godowsky and others.