A native of Moscow, Russia, Eric Larsen Distinguished Professor of piano Dmitri Vorobiev began his studies at the age of five. He first came to international attention after winning the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy in 1994, followed by performances at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto and numerous recitals throughout Italy. He joined the UNCSA Music faculty in 2017 as Associate Professor of Piano. Previously, he was on the faculty of Northern Iowa School of Music and International Music Academy in Pilsen.
It is important for me that students always crave to improve, always search for new ways to express their personalities through piano playing, always look for inspiration in all forms of art, not just music. My main challenge is making sure I offer everything I can for students to be successful throughout their careers. My biggest joy is watching each of them become an artist.
- Maintains a dynamic concert schedule including performing complete solo piano works by Ludwig van Beethoven
- Appeared as a soloist with Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Pretoria Chamber Orchestra, Durban Symphony, Terni Philharmonic, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony and Western Piedmont Symphony
- Solo recitals have taken him throughout the United States, Israel, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Ireland and South Africa
- Studied with Nina Levitzkaya, Victor Bunin, Eric Larsen, Marc Silverman and Arthur Greene
- Founder and Artistic Director of the Midwest International Piano Competition and Artistic Director and leading teacher of the Leipzig Summer Piano Institute in Germany—an intensive three-week course of piano lessons, master classes and seminars
- Frequent recording artist with the Blue Griffin label, recent productions include a double CD set with selected works by Franz Liszt and another double CD set of lesser known works by Beethoven
- Chamber music performance highlights include recordings of complete sonatas for violin and piano and complete piano trios by Bohuslav Martinu with violinist Stephen Shipps and cellist Richard Aaron for Naxos label.
- Recitals with Zemlinsky Quartet, Ivan Zenaty, Rodney Friend and duo piano recitals with Polina Khatsko
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
- Harold Bauer award at Manhattan School of Music, recipient
- Major prize-winner in the Busoni, Cincinnati World, Ibla Grand Prize, A.M.A. Calabria, Iowa and Alabama international piano competitions
- Placed first and also took three special prizes at the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, 2000
- First prize in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, 2003