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Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra

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North American Tour: March 10 - 25, 2024


Dmitry Yablonsky
Chief Conductor & Artistic Director

Dmitry Yablonsky was born into a musical family. At a very early age, he showed musical talent, and at the age of 6, he was accepted into the Central Music School for gifted children, where cello became his instrument. His orchestra debut came at the age of 9, when he performed the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto with Gennady Provatorov conducting. During the last few years before his family’s immigration, Dmitry has performed numerous recitals.


Upon arrival in New York City in June of 1977, Dmitry auditioned for the Juilliard School of Music, and was accepted. During the school years, his cello teachers were Isaak Buravsky, Zara Nelsova, and David Soyer. 

Dmitry also participated in master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Andre Navarra, Maurice Gendron, and Janos


Starker. During his graduate program at the Yale University, Dmitry took conducting lessons with OttoWerner Muller, who is considered one of the most influential conducting teachers in the United States.


University, Dmitry took conducting lessons with OttoWerner Muller, who is considered one of the most influential conducting teachers in the UnitedStates.His first professional recognition as a cellist came in 1979 when he performed at the well-knownMarlboro Music festival, where he was the youngest participant. Since then, Dmitry has performedin such recognized concert halls as La Scala, Carnegie Hall, Taiwan National Hall, Codagan Hall, Citede la Musique, Madrid Auditorium, just to name a few.


In his performing and recording career, Yablonsky has worked in long-standing partnerships withartists such as Vadim Repin, Monserrat Caballe, Olga Borodina, Eldar Abdrazakov, Leif Ove Andsnes,Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Roberto Alagna, and many more.


Dmitry’s professional engagements as a conductor began in Camerino, Italy in 1989. Since then, his conducting career has taken off. He’s been invited to collaborate with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Moscow Soloists, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, De Filarmonie, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Israeli Opera Orchestra Richon LeZion, Tenerife Orchestra, Lamoureux Orchestra, Orchestra National d’Ile de France, Belgian National Orchestra, OFUNAM Orchestra in Mexico, and others. His recent tours to the United States and Japan with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as a Conductor Laureate were performed to sell out concert halls throughout.


Dmitry Yablonsky was recently appointed to be Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra’s future releases on the Naxos label will include Shostakovich Chamber Symphonies, Silvestrov, Pleyel and Hofmann cello concertos, Italian Areas with Azer Rzazadeh, and Dvorak Cello Concertos.


Dmitry has recorded more than 80 CDs for Naxos, Chandos and Warner/Erato labels. His recordings have enjoyed world-wide acclaim, and some of them were nominated for Grammys,  as well as the Artistic Personality of Azerbaijan, and Professor at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University in Israel.


When Dmitry Yablonsky plays cello, he performs on either Matteo Goffriller, or Joseph filius Andreas Guarneri.

About The Artist


KYIV VIRTUOSI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, comprised of 65 musicians representing the finest instrumental soloists and chamber musicians from Ukraine, many of whom are international competition winners and have appeared on the stages of the world's most prestigious concert venues, will tour the USA in March 2024.  Based in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, the Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra has earned international recognition from audiences and critics as Ukraine's premier symphony orchestra with performances routinely selling-out weeks ahead of time.  They are currently in full-time residence through next summer in Italy for a series of major recording projects and public performances, the Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra. Recent tours have taken them to Switzerland, France, Spain and Azerbaijan among others.The orchestra's musicians are comprised of the finest chamber music players and professional soloists, who have performed from Paris to Japan and from London to San Francisco, not to mention many countries in South America and Australia.The orchestra is dedicated to popularizing the music of Western composers in Ukraine, as well as enjoying a very close collaboration with outstanding contemporary composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Valentin Silvestrov, Alexey Shor and Myroslav Skoryk.


Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra Gallery

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Dmitry Yablonsky 
Chief Conductor & Artistic Director

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