Born in Saint-Petersburg, Dimitri Maslennikov reveals his musical dimension by winning between the ages of 11 and 13, the International Soloists Competition in Moscow, the Czech International Competition in Prague, a prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition and the Rostropovich Competition.
At the age of 14, he received a scholarship from the French government to study at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he was unanimously awarded a First Prize. He is very early invited by famous orchestras: Moscow Soloists (conducted by Yuri Bashmet), Moscow Virtuosi (conducted by Vladimir Spivakov), Russian Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Marc Gorenstein), Prague Radio Orchestra (conducted by Vladimir Valek), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli), Montreal Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Kent Nagano), Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Kirill Karabits)…
Dimitri Maslennikov also performed at exceptional concerts for the United Nations and for Queen Elizabeth of England.
He then had an important encounter with Christoph Eschenbach, under whose direction he toured extensively with the NDR Hamburg Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra with whom he made a live recording, or later with the National Centre of Performing Arts Orchestra in China.
Christoph Eschenbach will make two great records with Christoph Eschenbach: Shostakovich’s cello concertos No. 1 & 2 with the NDR Hamburg Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchestra.
These recordings earned him notable debuts at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Rheingau and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Dimitri also began a fruitful collaboration with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Youry Temirkanov. This one invites him in particular in Asia where he is honorary artistic director of the opera of Guangzhou.
At the same time, in 2008 Dimitri was entrusted with the World Premiere of the Cello Concerto by composer Marc-André
Dalbavie with the Ensemble Intercontemporain at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre in New York. He will give the work again at the Salzburg Festival, again under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach.
Among his current projects is a recording dedicated to Haydn with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
in London, concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra of
Dimitri Maslennikov plays a 1770 Nicolo Gagliano cello and a Charles Peccatte bow.