Originally from Leningrad, USSR, Dmitri was steered towards jazz music by his father. He abandoned an engineering career to become a professional musician. Dmitri graduated from Mussorgsky College of Music and taught bass there after graduation. He started playing at local jazz clubs and toured and recorded with leading Russian jazz musicians. At the age of 24 he was voted "Discovery of the Year" by the Soviet Jazz Federation and for the next several years was listed among the top bassists of the country.
Inspired by American Jazz Dmitri came to New York in 1991. He received a scholarship to study with bassist Ron Carter while earning his Masters degree in musical performance at the City College of New York. Asked by Carter he wrote a book "Ron Carter Collection: Note-for-Note Solo Transcriptions to 19 songs," which was published by Hal Leonard Corporation.
Making a living in New York as a bass player over the years Dmitri was hired by many wonderful musicians: Mark Murphy, Eric Alexander, Johnny Colon, Richie Cole, Woody Allen, Anthony Wonsey, Bill Ware, Harry Whitaker, Chris Gillespie, Andrei Kondakov and many others. He performed at such well-known New York venues as Iridium, Birdland, Smoke, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Cafe' Carlyle, Symphony Space, Flushing Town Hall, Small's, New York Summerstage, as well as such Festivals as: JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival, "Knitting Factory 15th Anniversary European Tour", etc.
Besides performing with groups as a sideman bassist, Dmitri performed and recorded several albums as a leader or co-leader where he collaborated with drummers Lenny White, Gene Jackson, Billy Drummond, Jimmy Madison, saxophonists Eric Alexander, Craig Handy, trumpeters Alex Sipiagin, Jim Rotondi, Scott Wendholt, Joe Magnarelly, pianists Anthony Wonsey and Andrei Kondakov, guitarist John Hart, featuring his original compositions. Lately he's been working with pianist Anthony Wonsey and drummer Brandon Lewis in a group called Spiritrio. They just released an album Spiritrio: Episode I on Masha Records.