Dmitry Yablonsky - Grammy nominated Conductor and Cellist

Dmitry Yablonsky was born into a family of musicians in Moscow in 1962. His mother, Oxana Yablonskaya, is an internationally renowned pianist and professor at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and his father is a solo oboist in the Radio and Television Orchestra in Moscow.  

At the age of six, young Dmitry was accepted into the Moscow Central Music School for gifted children and, at the age of 9, he gave his orchestral debut playing Haydn's Concerto in C Major for violoncello. In 1977 Dmitry Yablonsky immigrated to the United States, to continue his studies at the Juilliard School of Music, the Curtis Institute and further educational studies at Yale University.


As soloist he has performed all over the world in halls as: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw Hall, La Scala, Halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Taiwan National Hall and many more. He has collaborated with such conductors as: Hiroyuki Iwaki, Dmitry Kitaenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, and Kzistof Penderecki in his own cello concerto and many more.

His chamber music partners include his mother Oxana Yablonskaya, Victor Tretiakov, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Boris Beresovsky, Jean Bernard Pommier, Farhad Badalbayli and many more. Dmitry has performed an American premiere of sonata No.26 by Luigi Boccherini and a concerto by Anton Filtz. 

In 1990, Dmitry has been asked to conduct an octet by Igor Stravinsky in Camerino, Italy, with members of Santa Cecilia orchestra of Rome. Being interested in conducting since he has been 18 years old, he started to pursue a career as conductor. In Yale he has spent a lot of time with legendary conducting teacher Otto-Werner Muller and since 1992 has studied with Yuri Simonov, who has been chief conductor of Bolshoi Opera for 17 years.

As a conductor, he has collaborated with such famous soloists as Y.Bashmet, V.Repin, B.Berezovsky, M.Caballe, R.Alagna and O.Yablonskaya, etc. Dmitry Yablonsky has collaborated with many important orchestras as Royal Philharmonic Orchestral, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor 2000-2004),  Novoya Rossiya  (Principal Guest Conductor 2012), Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National 

Orchestra, Antwerpen Orchestra, North Netherlands Orchestra, Maastricht Orchestra, Russian State Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile  de France, Taiwan National Orchestra, Catania Opera Orchestra, Holland Symphonia,  Bolonga Chamber Orchestra, Ofunam (México) , etc.

Yablonsky has performed in recital in many European countries, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and South Africa.


And in 1998 Dmitry Yablonsky has founded a summer Festival on the French- Spanish border in the Pyrenees Mountains, which is called Puigcerda Festival where many world class musicians come to perform and give Master Classes.

Dmitry Yablonsky has recorded more than 70 albums for labels like Naxos-Marco Polo, Erato, Conoisseur Soc, EMS, Discover, Sonora, Bel Air Music and Chandos.He has recorded a world premiere CD of Nino Rota cello concerto for Chandos. Naxos records released his recording of all 40 Propper etudes for solo cello in the fall of 2008, which received a great critical acclaim. One of his most famous recordings is the Piano trio recording with Repin and Berezovsky of the Tchaikovsky Trio and Schostakovich Trio for the Erato label, has won numerous awards.

In 2010 Dmitry Yablonsky received the Diploma of Honorary Academician at the Independent Academy of Liberal Arts at the Russian Academy of Sciences.


He has transcribed and edited works for cello, which was released by International music Company and Dover Publications.


He has enthusiastic and charismatic character that take him to initiate many projects, and he organized many festivals all over the world, including International Gabala Festival in Azerbaijan and Wandering Stars Festival, which takes place in different countries of the world each year as in Israel, Italy, Russia, USA, and more.

Dmitry plays two cellos: a Joseph Filius Andrea Guarneri (1726) and a Matteo Goffriller (1700).