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Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1970, Dimitri Atanassov started learning the violin at the age of 6. After studying with Professor Anna Ivanova, Dimitri excelled in his studies at the Prague Academy of Arts under the guidance of Professor Vaclav Snitil, completing his Master’s degree (graduating with honours) in 1994. As a Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia orchestra and a chamber musician he has worked and performed with some leading international artists and conductors such as Shlomo Mintz, Nigel Kennedy, Per Arne Glorvigen, Kiri Te Kanawa, Dmitri Kitajenko, John Nelson, Luciano Pavarotti, Josef Suk, Roy Goodman, Alina Ibragimova, Tasmine Little, Oleg Caetani, Feng Ning, James Ehnes and many others.

Inspired by violin maker Ian Sweetman and the works of the old Cremonese masters Guarneri and Stradivari, Dimitri took up violin making in 2002.

His instruments have become popular for their quality of sound, playability and affordability for emerging artists. Currently Dimitri’s violins are played in Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2010 he exhibited at the “Ole Bull” – Exhibition in Oslo Norway- organized by Christophe Landon, and at the Shanghai Music Expo in 2012. In 2011 his instruments were placed 5th and 6th at the International Violin Making Competition in Pisogne, Italy. Dimitri has also participated at the Oberlin violin restoration workshop and attends restoration master classes with Master violin maker and restorer Jean-Jacques Fasnacht.

In March 2013 Dimitri exhibited with great success at the New York - Mondomusica. Dimitri is proud to partner with Appassionato Musical Instruments to bring his hand-made Italian instruments to those who are passionate about music.

Dimitri's Italian Hand-Made Violins can be found HERE on our site.