Dmitri Bashkirov's name has been known to the musical world since 1955 when he received the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long Competition in Paris. He was born in November 1931 in Tiflis, Georgia, and studied there with Anastasia Wirsaladze and in Moscow with the famous Soviet pianist and pedagogue Alexander Goldenweiser, a contemporary of both Rachmaninov and Scriabin and a young friend of Leon Tolstoy. After his Paris success, he established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian pianists, performing in the most important musical centres and at festivals worldwide with leading orchestras under the baton of famous conductors such as Barbirolli, Mazur, Sawallisch, Szell, Markevich, Svetlanov, Mehta, Zecchi and Barenboim.
In 1957 Dimitri Bashkirov began teaching at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and went on to form a trio with the violonist Bezrohdny and the cellist Khomister which between 1965 and 1972 was considered one of the most important chamber ensembles in the former USSR. His successful career was interrupted in 1980 when authorities in the former Soviet Union refused him permission to appear in the West. He was only allowed to leave the country eight years later. Since then, he has given highly successful concerts in Europe and the USA.
In addition to his career as a pianist, Dmitri Bashkirov is a Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, is Titular Professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid and a Professor at the International Piano Foundation in Griante/ Cadenabbia at Lake Como in Italy. Among his students are some of the best-known pianists of the younger generation, prize winners at leading international competitions, on the juries of which he has many times served as a member. He also gives masterclasses in Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Helsinki, Athens, the USA and elsewhere. He was named an Honorary People's Artist of Russia, and won the special Robert Schumann Medal in Zwickau, as well as the Honorary Medal of the Autonomous University in Madrid. He records with Erato, Melodia, EMI, Russian CD, and Harmonia Mundi.