Cellist DMITRY KOUZOV, a versatile performer, has performed on five continents with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music performances. He was awarded First Prize at the International Beethoven Competition in the Czech Republic and he is a two-time laureate of the International Festival-Competition “Virtuosi of the Year 2000” in Russia and is winner of the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award. His credits include numerous performances at many prominent concert venues throughout his native Russia. Mr. Kouzov made his New York orchestral debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2005, under the baton of Maestro Raymond Leppard. Since that time, he has also made recital appearances in New York at 92nd Street Y and Bargemusic. A consummate chamber musician, Mr. Kouzov has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Yuri Bashmet, Krzysztof Penderecki, Donald Weilerstein, Ilya Gringolts and Pacifica Quartet among others. Mr. Kouzov is a founding and active member of the Manhattan Piano Trio (with Kneisel Hall alumnus violinist Wayne Lee) with whom he has toured extensively throughout the United States and captured First Prizes at the Plowman and Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competitions. In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Kouzov is a devoted teacher. Currently Mr. Kouzov is an Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Illinois. Prior to this appointment he was on faculty at The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory. Mr. Kouzov holds Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School in New York. His principal teachers have included Professors Mark Reizenshtock, Victoria Yagling, Joel Krosnick and Darrett Adkins. He will be on campus the first four weeks of the season.ent.