Skip to Content
Dmitri Pogorelov

Dmitri Pogorelov

Fixed 4th Chair/First

  • Dmitri joined the Colorado Symphony in 2018 as the Fixed Fourth Chair/First Violin.
  • He previously served as concertmaster under Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Pierre Boulez for the Phoenix Symphony and Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Dmitri was a founding member and first violinist with the Kontras Quartet. He also performed with members of Vermeer, Avalon, Miami, Amernet, and Spektral string quartets, Eighth Blackbird, the Lincoln Trio, Ibis Camerata, as well as principal players of the leading American and European orchestras.

As a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra concertmaster Dmitri has performed on four continents, including prestigious venues such as the Chicago Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and has also been featured on CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, and WFMT Chicago. 

Dmitri has collaborated with renowned jazz and bluegrass artists – Branford Marsalis, the Kruger Brothers, and Steve Martin, performing on main stages of the Telluride, Rocky Grass, MerleFest, and IBMA festivals. Dmitri can be heard on recordings of chamber music by Gunther Schuller, Yehudi Wyner, Eric Ewazen, Kevin Volans, Dan Visconti, and Jens Krüger.

Dmitri was born in Voronezh, Russia, to the family of professional musicians. Dr. Pogorelov holds degrees in music performance from Northwestern (DMA), DePaul (MM), and Lynn (BM) universities, having studied with Gerardo Ribeiro, Ilya Kaler, Elmar Oliveira, and Sergiu Schwartz.  

Dmitri plays the “Radetzky” David Tecchler violin ca. 1720, on loan to him through the generosity of an anonymous donor, as well as a copy of a Vincenzo Panormo violin, loaned by a long- time mentor, Archbishop Zinovy of Mordovia. 

Dmitri lives in Littleton with his fiancée, Emily. When not playing the violin, he enjoys exploring national parks, hiking, cooking, and watching soccer.