Artist Bio

Dmitri Atapine, cello

Dmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), whose playing is “highly impressive throughout” (Strad). As a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world’s foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, he has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and his frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica in Sarasota, the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea. His multiple awards include top prizes at the Carlos Prieto International, the Florian Ocampo, and the Llanes cello competitions, as well as the Plowman, New England, and Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions.

His recent engagements have included collaborations with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna, David Shifrin, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His recordings, among them a world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, MSR, Urtext Digital, Blue Griffin and Bridge record labels. Dmitri Atapine holds a doctoral degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. Born into a family of musicians, he has also studied with Alexander Fedorchenko and Suren Bagratuni. He is the Artistic Director of Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival and the Argenta Concert Series, a cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program.

2016–2017 Music@Menlo Appearances