Dmitri Kogan 27.10.1978 – 29.08.2017

Dmitri Kogan, the descendant of a celebrated musical dynasty was born on October 27, 1978 to a conductor father and pianist mother, the grandson of the celebrated violinist Leonid Kogan and Elizabeth Gilels (sister of pianist Emil), was one of the most prominent Russian classical musicians of our time. 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 included 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 was dedicated to reviving the status of classical music in contemporary society system of values. Not only Dmitri does masterclasses in various countries but devoted 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 was 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.

Honorary Professor of Emeritus Athens Conservatory, Artistic Director of Moscow Camerata orchestra and Volga Philharmonic orchestra, Dmitri was also the Artistic Director of the Kremlin Music Festival.

In 2013 Kogan was chosen to perform at the World Economic Forum in Davos for an audience of global leaders. Recognising 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.

in 2015 Kogan has launched “The Time of High Music” project, which gave the possibility to 85 Russian regions to get the introduction to classic music, played by unique soloist, performing on the legendary 1728 Robrecht violin, created by Bartolomeo Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri (del Gesù)

Dmitri has created a number of multimedia musical projects, the last one “Legend of Valentina” was presented in London Museum of Science.

Dmitri Kogan died at the age of 38 on 29 August 2017.

27.10.1978 - 29.08.2017
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