Alexander Dmitriev was born in St.
Petersburg Russia, September 19, 1951.
His musical talent was evident very early: at the age of 7 he began to
study the bayan - first at the school of music, then later at the
Mussorgskij - Institute for Music. After this, Alexander Dmitriev became
a student at the National St. Petersburg Rimskij-Korsakov Conservatory.
At the time the 19 year old Dmitriev had already won the
"All-Russian Contest" for musicians playing folk instruments
(1969 in Ivanovo).
In 1972 Alexander Dmitriev won 1st prize at the International
Competition "Days of the Accordion" in Klingenthal, Germany.
The foreign press highly praised his musical talents, saying (November
1972 - Journal "Music Accord" - England): "... a young
artist who'll doubtlessly be well known in future; a musician who is to
follow the examples of a great number of Soviet virtuosi."
In 1972 in Berlin, Dmitriev was featured on an LP record of Klingenthal
In 1974 he graduated at the National St. Petersburg Rimskij-Korsakov
Conservatory then continued completing his training as an Assistant
Stargur in 1977.
For more than 20 years, he has been the professor of St. Petersburg
Conservatoire and the "Soloist - St Petersburg Philharmonie
Concert". Twenty years ago, he wrote the treatise "The
Positional Fingering for Accordion" which showed his new and
progressive technical ideas. Using these teaching principles, his
students V. Fedorov, S.
Chirkov, M. Shagaev, E. Orlova, D. Astashin, A. Kuznetsov, A. Yurov
became winners of several international solo accordion competitions
during recent years.
Since the beginning of his performance career, Dmitriev has made more
than 2000 solo concerts, recorded 8 LP records (one in DDR) and recently
recorded 5 CD's. He has toured to the USA, Canada and many countries in
Europe. In 1990 Dmitriev gave concerts in 25 Japanese cities together
with the State Academician Orchestra of Folk-Instruments. Many
arrangements by Dmitriev have been published by the "Soviet
Composer" and "Music". His transcription of the Cavatina
Figaro - Rossini, became very popular and was published in 12 European
Alexander Dmitriev was chosen to premiere works by Russian composers
Tunik and Pushkarenko and are featured on CD No. 0005 titled
Since 1986 Dmitriev has hosted a program on St. Petersburg Radio, which
features famous accordionists, information about them and some of their
music. He is a regular participant at the most important accordion
festivals and seminars and is often a member of the jury at
international competitions. He has been invited to give master-classes
in Germany, Finland, France, Denmark, Belgium, Poland and other
Since 1986 Dmitriev is one of the organizers and artistic directors of
the international festival "Music for Bayan and Accordion",
which is held in St. Petersburg each year at the end of October.
Recently, he has also been performing duet concerts with his son Vitalij
- a first prize winner of international contests in Bulgaria, France,
Italy (twice), Germany , Sweden - as well as trios together with his
In 1992, Alexander Dmitriev was awarded the title - Honoured Artist of
Russia and is widely recognised as being a one of the elite in the world
of bayanist artistry.