B.M. and M.M. (cello performance), Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; Artist Diploma (cello), The Juilliard School; student of Professors Mark Reizenshtock, Victoria Yagling, Joel Krosnick, and Darrett Adkins
A versatile performer, cellist Dmitry Kouzov has performed on four continents with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music performances. He has appeared with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), National Symphony of Ukraine, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (Czech Republic), and Johannesburg Philharmonic (South Africa), to name a few. He was awarded First Prize at the International Beethoven Competition in the Czech Republic, he is a two-time laureate of the International Festival-Competition Virtuosi of the Year 2000 in Russia, and he is the winner of the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award. Mr. Kouzov made his New York orchestral debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2005, under the baton of Maestro Raymond Leppard. Since that time, he has also made recital appearances at the 92nd Street Y and as part of Bargemusic.
Mr. Kouzov was a guest artist at the Verbier Festival, International Bach Festival (Switzerland), and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany). Additionally, he has performed at the May of Janacek International Festival (Czech Republic), Art-November International Festival (Russia), Kiev Summer Music Nights International Festival (Ukraine), and Caramoor and Ravinia Festivals Rising Stars (USA) concert series. Most recently, Mr. Kouzov made his recording debut on Naxos with three C.P.E. Bach Gamba Sonatas and a recital CD, Two Hundred Years of Cello Masterpieces, on Marquis Classics.
A consummate chamber musician, Mr. Kouzov has collaborated with such artists as Joshua Bell, Yuri Bashmet, Krzysztof Penderecki, Donald Weilerstein, and Ilya Gringolts, among others. Since 2004, Mr. Kouzov is a founding and active member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio, with which he has toured extensively throughout the United States. During 2004-2007, Mr. Kouzov was also a member of the Phaedrus String Quartet, with which he toured extensively in Europe.
In addition to his cello studies, Mr. Kouzov has taken master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich and Natalia Gutman.