Born in 1969 in New York, Dimitri Ashkenazy began playing the piano at the age of six and then switched to the clarinet under the tuition of Giambattista Sisini, with whom he continued studying when he entered the Conservatory of Lucerne in 1989.
Dimitri Ashkenazy performs internationally as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Japan Philharmonic. In 2014, Ashkenazy made his BBC Proms debut, performing Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concerto No. 4 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of the composer’s 80th birthday celebrations.
An active chamber musician, Dimitri has performed with the Kodály and Faust quartets and with partners such as Barbara Bonney, Helmut Deutsch, David Golub, Edita Gruberova, Ariane Haering, Antonio Meneses, Cristina Ortiz, Maria João Pires, and of course, his brother Vovka and father Vladimir Ashkenazy. At the Lucerne Festival he gave the world premiere of Maxwell Davies’ Clarinet Quintet Hymn to Artemis Locheia with the Brodsky Quartet.
In addition to his concert activities, Dimitri Ashkenazy has made numerous recordings (Pan Classics, Decca, Ondine), radio broadcasts (Radio Nacional de España, France Musiques, Radio della Svizzera Italiana, DeutschlandRadio) and television appearances, and has given masterclasses in Australia, Spain, Romania, New Zealand, Singapore, Iceland, Switzerland and USA.