Born on October 27, 1978, into the legendary Russian musical family, Dmitri Kogan is one of the most prominent Russian classical musicians of our time. His grandfather Leonid Kogan was one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, grandmother Elizabeth Gilels was also a famous violinist and sister of pianist Emil Gilels. Dmitri began learning to play the violin at the age of four, enrolled to Central School of Music of Moscow Conservatory at six, made his public debut with a symphony orchestra at ten and performed his first concerto at Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory at 15. His studies continued at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Honoured Artist of Russian Federation, Kogan has played with the leading Russian orchestras such as St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic and Russian State Orchestra. Dmitri Kogan made his debut in the UK in Birmingham Symphony Hall in 1997, performing Tchaikovsky violin concerto. His US debut was a performance with Utah Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20. Since then Kogan has toured extensively through Europe, Asia, Middle and Far East, former USSR and Baltic states. He has performed as a soloist with major symphony orchestras and distinguished conductors in the world’s most prestigious concert halls: Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Philarmony Hall, Barbican in London, the Herkulessal in Munich, the Rudolfinum in Prague, Kremlin Palace in Moscow, the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory, St.Petersburg’s Grand Philharmonic Hall.
Dmitri Kogan has participated in most prestigious festivals across the globe, such as Corinthian Summer Festival (Austria), Menton Music Festival (France), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Perth Festival (Scotland), music festivals in Athens, Vilnius, Shanghai, Ogden and Helsinki. He has also participated Russian Winter Festival, Musical Kremlin Festival, Andrey Sakharov International Art Festival and many others.
Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Kogan’s program includes Niccolò Paganini’s cycle of 24 caprices, considered impossible to play, placing the artist amongst very few violinists in the world, who are capable to perform the entire cycle of caprices. Dmitri has made numerous recordings in collaboration with Delos, Conforza, DV Classics and other record labels.
The musician is dedicated to reviving the status of classical music in contemporary society system of values. Not only Dmitri does masterclasses in various countries but devotes himself to several charitable causes in the attempt to support children and youth campaigns.
In April 2009 Dmitri became the first violinist to perform for polar explorers at the North Pole. In 2011, Dmitri Kogan established The Kogan Fund for Support of Outstanding Cultural Projects. The Fund was launched with Dmitri’s concert and five great violins by Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, Guadagnini and Vuillaume gave a unique opportunity to the audience to experience extraordinary depth and abundance of violins’ tone in Dmitri’s hands.
Dmitri Kogan is the founder and Artistic Director of the First Leonid Kogan International Festival and Annual International Days of High Music Festival that received wide acclaim across Russia. In 2012 Dmitri initiated The Volga Church Music Festival, which has become the highlight of the season for local community.
Dmitri Kogan is an Honorary Professor of Emeritus Athens Conservatory, Artistic Director of Moscow Camerata orchestra and Volga Philharmonic orchestra. In April 2013 Dmitri became Artistic Director of Kremlin Music Festival & First Leonid Kogan International Festival, being in charge of the Annual International Days of High Music Festival that has received wide acclaim on Sakhalin, in Vladivostok, Chelyabinsk, Samara and Khabarovsk. The Volzhsky Church Music Festival was founded upon his initiative in 2012.
The Kogan Fund Supporting Outstanding Cultural Projects was created in April 2011 as a result of joint efforts of Dmitri and a patron of arts and Chairman of AVS Group Holding Company. Five great violins by Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, Guadagnini and Vuillaume revealed the full abundance and depth of their tones in Dmitri’s hands.
In 2013 Kogan was chosen to perform at the World Economic Forum in Davos for an audience of global leaders. Recognizing the value of music, being both a diplomatic and educational tool, Dmitri performed for Russian President and Prime Minister as well as for Presidents of several other countries.
Kogan performs on the legendary 1728 Robrecht violin, created by Bartolomeo Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri (del Gesù).