Dmitri AtapineArtistic Director
Cellist Dmitri Atapine, the First Prize winner at the 2004 Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition (Mexico), is recognized as an exciting performer and an accomplished chamber musician. As both a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world’s most coveted stages, including Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall, the National Auditorium of Spain, and Prince Philip Auditorium in Asturias. He has performed as a soloist with the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, León Symphony Orchestra, Gijón Chamber Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Michigan State University Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras. He has also appeared at numerous festivals, including Music@Menlo, Cactus Pear, Banff, Great Mountains International Chamber Music Festival in South Korea, Miguel Bernal Jiménez Festival in Mexico, the French Academy in Rome, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, with performances broadcast on radio and TV in Spain, US, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea.
Dmitri Atapine’s multiple awards include top prizes at Florian Ocampo Spanish Cello Competition, New England International Chamber Competition, Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Llanes International String Competition, Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, and Sahagún International Music Competition at age thirteen. Dmitri Atapine's debut recording in collaboration with pianist Hyeyeon Park has been recently released on Urtext label with global distribution by NAXOS.
Dmitri Atapine received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees with high honors from Michigan State University under the tutelage of Suren Bagratuni. He continued his studies with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music, where he completed a master’s of musical arts degree, obtained an Artist Diploma, and in 2010 received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Currently Dmitri Atapine is the assistant professor of cello at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he also is a member of the acclaimed Argenta Trio. He also serves as the artistic director of the Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival in northern Spain.