Dmitri Sokolov Cello / Cello-piccolo

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Dmitri Sokolov studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and graduated with honors. Even as a student, he was interested in authentic renditions of classical music and thus became one of the founding members of Musica Petropolitana in 1989. Together with this group he won first prizes at music competitions in Manchester in 1990 and in Amsterdam in 1993. In 1996 he won the “Musica da Camera” competition in Italy.
D. Sokolov gives solo recitals and is a sought-after guest soloist in various orchestras. For example, in 2001 he made a European tour with the State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus and his interpretation of C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto was rated by critics as ‘beautiful, passionate and spontaneous’. D. Sokolov has accompanied very prestigious European music festivals e.g. in York, Regensburg, Herne, Madrid, Istanbul, Jerusalem. He has given concerts and made recordings together with renowned musicians such as Philipp Jaroussky, Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Marcel Ponseele, Alfredo Bernardini, Paolo Grazzi and Alexei Liubimov. He has performed with the Telemann Orchestra in Moscow and the St Petersburg Quartet.
He founded the Playel Trio St. Petersburg in 1999 – a group that was among the winners of many prestigious European music competitions. Dmitri Sokolov’s diverse repertoire includes music from the 17th century to modern music. In his search for new repertoire, he works intensively in Russian archives. Thus, it is thanks to him that works by J.G. Pratsch, A. Kraft and many others could be introduced to a wide public.
D. Sokolov is professor of baroque cello, string quartet and chamber music at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and conducts master classes in Russia, Germany, Sweden, Austria and in Great Britain.