Orchestra and conductor
Kyiv Virtuosi Orchestra
The Kyiv Virtuosi Orchestra has its origins in the now-disbanded Kyiv Soloists ensemble, which the acclaimed cellist and conductor Dmitry Yablonsky had been heading as Chief Conductor for three years before taking the decision, in 2016, to organise a renovated orchestra that eventually became the Kyiv Virtuosi.
All the musicians invited to form part of this exclusive ensemble were individually hand-picked for their roles, and it was immediately obvious that success was to follow. All concerts in Kyiv are performed to sold-out audiences, and the musicians in Kyiv Virtuosi represent the best chamber musicians and professional soloists of their generation, having performed all over the world from Paris to Japan and from London to San Francisco, not to mention many countries in South America.
In addition to its intense activity as a chamber orchestra, Kyiv Virtuosi is also a symphony orchestra that is very much in demand for special projects. In summer 2016, both the Kyiv Virtuosi chamber orchestra and Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony orchestra were in residence at the Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan, and have toured Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland. In February 2017 Yablonsky became the initiator of a tour dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Israel. There were 17 concerts in the different locations such as: Herzliya, Rishon, Le Zion, Motzkin, Tel-Aviv, Rehovot, Beer-Sheva, Haifa, Hahariya, Ashkelon, Or Akiva, Petah Tikva, and Modiꞌin. A symphonic series with important soloists has also been organised at the Franco Theatre in Kyiv, with a great welcome by the audience and specialised critics.
Kyiv Virtuosi perform and tour around the world, and are starting a very vast and intense recording schedule for Naxos Records, with Chamber Symphonies by Shostakovich and Silvestrov among others.
Grammy nominated conductor, cellist Dmitry Yablonksy was born in Moscow into a musical family. He began playing the cello when he was 5 years old and was accepted to the Central Music School for gifted children. At the age of 9 he gave his orchestral debut playing Haydn’s cello concerto.
Since then, his career had taken him to the most important stages in the world, such as the Carnegie Hall, La Scala, Moscow Great Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Taiwan National Hall, Theatre Champs Elysees, Tokyo Opera City Hall among others.
He has collaborated with many world renown artists as Monserrat Caballe, Roberto Alagna, Olga Borodina and many more. Dmitry started to conduct at age 26 and has conducted more then 50 orchestras all over the world including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he made 4 cd’s.Dmitry Yablonsky has studied cello with Isaak Buravsky, Lorne Monroe, David Soyer, Aldo Parisot and Zara Nelsova. He also took master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Janos Starker, Andre Navarra, Maurice Gendron, Misha Schneider among others.
His conducting teachers have been Otto Werner Muller, Yuri Simonov and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. He has participated in many festivals all over the world including Marlboro Festival. He has recorded more then 90 CD’s as cellist and conductor to great critical acclaim. He is an Artistic Director of Gabala Music Festival, Puigcerda Music Festival and Wandering Music Stars Festival. Dmitry Yablonsky is Music Director of Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra. Since fall 2016, he is teaching cello and chamber music at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and has been recently named Head of International Relations of the same University.Dmitry plays two cellos: a Joseph Filius Andrea Guarneri and a Matteo Goffriller.