Dmitry Rasul-Kareyev


DMITRY RASUL-KAREYEV is a 26 year old clarinettist, Principal clarinet of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland) and winner of International Clarinet Debussy Competition Paris 2010.

Dmitry was born in Moscow. His professional development started when he met his first clarinet teacher Vladimir Ferapontov at Moscow Central Music School. In 2001 Dmitry entered the Moscow State Conservatoire in the class of Victor Petrov. By that time he was already a laureate of several competitions and festivals in Russia, including “Rosanov International Clarinet Competition 2000” (2nd prize). Since the age of 15 as a member of V. Spivakov International Foundation Dmitry has been regularly performing in most prestigious halls in Moscow and St.-Petersburg. In 2000 V. Spivakov presented Dmitry with a new clarinet, exclusively selected by Paul Meyer.

In 2002 Dmitry was accepted by the Royal Academy of Music with full scholarship to study for six years-course. During his first two years in London Dmitry won the prestigious Geoffrey Hawks Clarinet Prize and all-winds of the Academy – John Solomon Prize, which followed by the Yamaha Scholarship Competition prize. In 2007 Dmitry won the Allcard award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Dmitry’s love for chamber music can be proved by his creation of an ensemble of creative musicians – London Bach Clarinet Ensemble. The ensemble is oriented to performing both baroque and modern music. In 2004 Dmitry, together with Milos Milivojevic, gave a world premiere of Elena Firsova’s “Invocation” for clarinet and classical accordion at Oxford Chamber Music Festival. In July 2007 Dmitry performed Steve Reich, “New York Counterpoint” at Cheltenham Music Festival. At the Academy Dmitry won Max Pirani, John Ireland and Nickolas Blake Prize, all dedicated to chamber music competitions.

Since the moment Dmitry came to England he has appeared as a soloist in many prestigious halls in UK, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, St James’ Church Piccadilly and other London venues. In 2003 Dmitry met Gillian Humphreys, founder of Concordia International Foundation and has played in many concerts, organized by the Foundation.

Dmitry's orchestral career started in 2006 by joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra where he also performed solo with maestro James Levine at the piano. In the same year Dmitry won a trial as Sectional Leader in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra which lasted a year until Dmitry left to Finland to take a permanent position in Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra as Co-principal Clarinet. In 2009 Dmitry won the job as Principal Clarinet in the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande and is now living in Geneva.


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