Dimitri Illarionov Russia ← Back to list
Dimitri Illarionov is a brilliant classical guitarist. He is a multi-award winner of more than 20 international competitions in the U.S., Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia and other countries. He is winner of two of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world: Guitar Foundation of America Competition (2002, Miami, USA) and Francisco Tárrega Guitar Competition (2008, Spain).
As well as performing numerous solo recitals, he is a frequent guest-soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras all over the world. Dimitri is one of the rare guitarists who appears so frequently with orchestra and has played with such orchestras as I Solisti Veneti, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta di Valencia etc.
His partners on stage are famous and recognized artists – conductors Claudio Scimone, Fabio Mastrangelo (Italy), Vladimir Fedoseyev, Dmitri Liss, Alexander Sladkovskiy (Russia) Gum Nanse (Korea), Leo Brouwer (Cuba), César Álvarez (Spain), flautist Patrick Gallois (France), Artis-Quartet (Austria), Roland Dyens (France), cellist Boris Andrianov, pianist Denis Matsuev (Russia), violinist Julian Rachlin (Austria), lute player Edin Karamazov.
He has given concerts in Europe, Asia, North and South America in some of the most prestigious halls in the world – Tonhalle (Zurich), Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Osaka Symphony Hall, Seoul Art Center; Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels)…. Taking part in many festivals, Dimitri was the first solo guitarist to participate in “Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists” (Switzerland) and the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht (Artistic Director – Janine Jansen, Holland).
Dimitri studied in Russia with the famous performer Alexander Frauchi, in Germany with Professor Andreas von Wangenheim (Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe) and also took lessons with composer Nikita Koshkin. He is now Professor at the Russian Gnesins’s University of Music in Moscow.
Dimitri Illarionov has recorded several CDs: solo for the Naxos and Daminus labels, with orchestra for Les Editions Doberman-Yppan. His “Classical Duo” CD (Delos Records) with Boris Andrianov was on the longlist of the prestigious “GRAMMY-2004” Awards.
Composers have dedicated their works to Dimitri. Italian composer Angelo Gilardino wrote for him the Concerto "Star of the Morning" (Homage to Nikolaj Roerich) for guitar, cello and orchestra; Nikita Koshkin dedicated to Dimitri his Concerto Grosso for Guitar and Orchestra. Alexei Rybnikov (Russia) wrote for Dimitri the Suite “Travel though Time” for Guitar and Orchestra.
Dimitri is the organizer of numerous International guitar festivals in Russia. He is director of the classical section of the largest guitar festival in Russia, the World of Guitar Kaluga International Festival. He was the founder of the International “Guitar Virtuosi” Moscow Festival. Since 2009 Dimitri is one of the organizers of the Alexander Frauchi International Guitar Competition. In 2012 he became the artistic director of the Novosibirsk Guitar Festival - the biggest Guitar Festival in history of Asian part of Russia.
Blessed with the star gene
“… with such temperament, musicianship, richness of colour, radiance, sense of timing and feeling the acoustic qualities of his soft-toned instrument that the combination of all these abilities, coupled with an evident gift for entertainment, is the best expressed in one single word: wow!”
Tages-Anzeiger (Zurich, Switzerland)
“Truly, this guitarist is a phenomenon.”
El Norte (Monterrey, México)
“Dimitri Illarionov’s concert was one of the "top five classical concerts" of 2003 in Edmonton (...) According to this standard, elegant and dramatic Angela Hewitt was a shoo-in (and a red hot number at that). Classical guitarist Dimitri Illarionov had the same kind of charisma. The chemistry between the audience and this young Russian guitarist was exceptional.”
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
“An outstanding virtuoso.”
Oliver Hochkeppel, Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)
“…he displayed a firework of virtuosity – the filigree of sounds rivaled the incredibly swift technique of fingers and ardent warmth of bursts of emotions. Only an encore performance could satisfy the storms of applause from the audience.”
Westdeutsche Zeitung (Germany)“I felt like I was struck by lightning the moment he touched the guitar. It sent chills down my spine. I have never experienced anything like it. Incredible! Simply incredible!“
Irma Wassall (1908-2012) – Poet Laureate and founder of the Wichita Society of the Classical Guitar (USA)
“It was one of the most inspiring guitar performances I have ever heard.”
Dusan Bogdanovic – guitarist and composer. Remarks on Dimitri Illarionov's performance in Gdansk