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08.01.2022, Auditorio Stelio Molo, LUGANO, CH

It has been three intensive days of journey onto the world of Eugène Ysaÿe’s music. Six Solo Sonatas for violin on 6 different violins made by Philipp Bonhoeffer between 2015 and 2020 are planned to be released by the “FHR” label in Autumn 2022. The double CD set will include the solo music of the latter as well as the compositions by his friends and contemporaries among which are some total rarities and even discoveries by René Chansarel and Matthieu Crickboom. Stay tuned!


Smirnov with Michael Rast (Sound Engineer) © D.Smirnov

ARD Wettbewerb 2021.

17.09.2021, Herkulessaal, Munich, D

Dmitry has been awarded the 2nd prize at the ceremony that took place in the historical Herkulessaal. He received multiple prizes among which were HENLE VERLAG, GEWA, and precious GENUIN label unique prize for the most exciting participant.

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19.08.2021, Lukaskirche, Lucerne, CH

Dmitry Smirnov loves crazy challenges. In his debut, he does more than combine two of l the most demanding compositions for solo violin, Bach’s D minor Partita and Bartók’s Solo Sonata. He also intertwines them by shuttling back and forth between the two, playing the movements in alternation and thus creating an imaginary unity of a work that transcends the centuries. He will additionally frame this new construct with Steve Reich’s Violin Phase, a masterpiece of Minimalism from 1967. The result is a triple portrait of three unsentimental composers that at the same time highlights their idiosyncrasies: the rhetorically influenced beat of Bach’s musical language, Bartók’s archaic phrases, and Reich’s repetitive patterns. Smirnov, who was born in St. Petersburg in 1994 and studied with Rainer Schmidt in Basel, won the Tibor Varga Competition as well as the Concours de Lausanne and today works with Heinz Holliger and Giovanni Antonini. No question: he has one of the most unconventional minds among young violinists.

Strebi Stiftung Luzern – Partner Debuts

CD recording Montecastelli

7 February 2021

Today the 27 year old Russian violinist Dmitry Smirnov (Дима Смирнов) begins recording his debut solo CD for FHR in the medieval Tuscan village of Montecastelli Pisano. He will record the great JS BACH 'Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004', alongside Bartok's 'Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz 117'. Smirnov will also record a piece by the eminent Swiss violinist Hansheinz Schneeberger (1926–2019), his 'Sonata for Solo Violin' (1942) – this piece, written 2 years before the Bartok 'Solo Sonata', will be a premiere recording. Schneeberger premiered Bartok's 'Violin Concerto No. 1' so there is great association here between the composers.

Smirnov, who plays both modern and historically informed violin, has won first prizes in the International Oistrakh Competition and Concours international de violon Tibor Varga.

This collaboration will hopefully see future interesting recordings between Smirnov and FHR.

Recorded by Jean-Daniel Noir


The Sion Violin Music Foundation

Dmitry Smirnov Violin

In 2015, Dmitry Smirnov won the Tibor Varga Sion Valais International Violin Competition, also winning the Audience Prize and the Prize for Best Performance of the Compulsory Work. After starting his studies in his native St Petersburg, he continued his training at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne. Dmitry Smirnov has already had the opportunity to perform on several renowned stages, including Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London, and to play with several orchestras...

Дмитрий Смирнов — победитель Приза зрительских симпатий фестиваля «Музыкальный Олимп».

4 июня 2017 года в Санкт-Петербурге с большим успехом завершился XXII международный фестиваль «Музыкальный Олимп».

По итогам голосования определен победитель «Приза зрительских симпатий 2017». Им стал скрипач из Петербурга Дмитрий Смирнов, покоривший публику безупречным исполнением Концерта для скрипки с оркестром Стравинского 29 мая в Большом зале филармонии...

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