Critically acclaimed violinist Dmitri Pogorelov has won prestigious chamber music competitions in his native Russia at an early age, which led to numerous appearances in chamber music recitals and solo performances with orchestras in the USA, across Western Europe, Japan, South Africa, and Russia. As first violinist with the Kontras String Quartet, Dmitri has performed across the United States, as well as on CBS, NBC, NPR, WFMT, and WBEZ.

Dmitri has appeared in chamber music concerts with principal players of Chicago, Houston, Saint Louis and Seattle Symphonies, Cleveland and Concertgebouw Orchestras, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, and Frankfurt State Opera orchestras. As part of Dmitri’s interest in contemporary chamber music, he has recently recorded works by Eric Ewazen, Gunther Schuller, and Yehudi Wyner for Albany Records. A seasoned orchestral performer, Dmitri has worked under Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder, and Esa-Pekka Salonen as concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra. Dr. Pogorelov holds degrees from Northwestern (DMA), DePaul (MM), and Lynn (BM) Universities, having studied under G. Ribeiro, I. Kaler, and E.Oliveira