Violinist Dmitri Berlinsky’s extensive performance schedule has taken him to the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, the Settimane Musicale in Stresa, Italy. Summer Festival include his 2013 performance of the Barber Violin Concerto with the Castleton Festival Orchestra and conductor Lorin Maazel, and in 2014 with the Russian Chamber Philharmonic in Cannes. Berlinsky has made appearances at the Ambassador in Pasadena, the Fiddle Fest, at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall. As leader and soloist with the International Chamber Soloists, the vibrant young chamber orchestra, he is extending his commitment to the art of live performance, a commitment which has been hailed as “…impressive and fiery, polished and thoughtful” (Los Angeles Times).
Dmitri Berlinsky 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 GesÃº 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, North and South America.
He has graced the stages at Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, among many others. Recently, he toured through South America with the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Berlinsky’s Pavane CD recital Live at Waterloo recorded in Belgium has won critical acclaim. His latest recording, Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher is on the Helicon Records label.
Currently serving on the faculty at Michigan State University, many of his students have won important International Competitions such as the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, and Tibor Varga, and have assumed positions in orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his solo performances and his teaching, Dmitri Berlinsky is the founder of the International Chamber Soloists.
“Berlinsky displayed complete technical mastery. He played the Beethoven Concerto with elegance of style and phrasing — and in the Paganini Concerto, he gave an exceptional display of controlled violin playing.”
“He allowed himself to be carried away by the richness of the Franck Sonata. His tone was rounded and velvety, and he phrased in a way that brought out the music’s fire.”
The New York Times
“an impressive showcase for Berlinsky’s technical prowess and sensitive playing….He made it look easy.”
El Paso Times
“The Mendelssohn brought about the welcome appearance of the Russian (and now American-based) Dmitri Berlinsky,… A superbly equipped player, with a rock-steady bow arm and ultra-confident technique, he sailed through the 13-year-old Mendelssohn’s precocious essay in concerto writing with serene self-confidence”
The Toronto Star
“Berlinsky shone. He exuded the confidence and poise of a young Valentino. There was no shortage of brilliance and fun in his performance of Paganini’s ‘La Campanella, and his verve was a source of delight.”
The Washington Times
“Ysaye (1858-1931), a wildly celebrated violinist in his own time, gave the soloist a real chance to shine in his work. Berlinsky took full advantage of the opportunity, flawlessly gliding through the sometimes thorny piece. The young Russian has technique to spare, but never lets it become mere flashiness, instead playing with quiet authority.”
Savannah Morning News
“Dmitri Berlinsky closed the concert with a poetic, sweet-toned account of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. …Mr. Berlinsky brought something of his own to the music, namely a flexibility of phrasing that let him find fresh twists in the work’s familiar passions.”
The New York Times
“Berlinsky’s eloquence and tastefulness imbued his reading of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with warmth and distinction.”
“Berlinsky… gets around his instrument with all the skill of the most celebrated violinistic hot dogs – at 16, he was the youngest first-prize winner of Genoa’s Paganini Competition – but with a seriousness of purpose”
The Baltimore Sun
“it was an impressive showcase for Berlinsky’s technical prowess and sensitive playing nonetheless. He made it look easy.” [Glazunov 2nd Violin Concerto]
El Paso Times
“Economical in the histrionic department, Berlinsky’s playing was the antithesis of his calm demeanor. Sonically, this was electrifying playing to more than satisfy any discriminating aural palate. Berlinsky’s tone and scholarly phrase work captured the essence of Mozart’s score. In every respect, there was finesse all over the place.”
Salt Lake Tribune
“Berlinsky displayed all his technical brilliance, especially in the demanding third movement, marked ‘presto in moto perpetuo’ (fast in perpetual motion). But his playing in the first two lyrical and emotion-charged movements was beautifully shaped and shaded, spinning out the long lines with deep understanding and emotion.” [Barber Concerto]
The Palm Beach Post
“Dmitri Berlinsky possesses an impeccable bowing technique which achieves a captivating sweetness throughout the breadth of the entire register…”
Le Nacion (Buenos Aires)
“The distinct artistry of Russian violinist Dmitri Berlinsky was surely the highlight of the evening in a deeply expressive performance of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, Op. 14. … Berlinsky, in his refreshingly unaffected and polished stage presence, and extraordinary musical understanding, delivered a performance that was concurrently lyrical, rhythmically complex and harmonically rich.”
Boulder Daily Camera
“…superbly played with beautifully contoured phrases. The artist captured the dark mood of the work and imbued it with a rich, warm tone throughout. Equally impressive, although in a different way, was the scherzo, in which he demonstrated manual dexterity that was almost athletic. …Berlinsky is an extremely impressive young artist with fantastic technique…”
Palm Beach Daily News