A versatile performer, cellist DMITRY KOUZOV has performed worldwide with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music performances. A First Prize winner of the International Beethoven Competition (Czech Republic) and a recipient of the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award, he was featured as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), the National Symphony of Ukraine,  the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (Czech Republic), and the Juilliard Symphony to name a few, and has appeared at many prominent concert venues including  St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Conservatoire, Sala Sao Paolo, and Alice Tully Hall among others.

Highlights of Mr. Kouzov recent seasons include his solo debuts with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Johannesburg and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestras,  recordings of cello concertos by Shostakovich and George Walker  with the Sinfonia Varsovia and St. Petersburg  Symphony Orchestras, as well as duo recitals in Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York and Chicago.

 A consummate chamber musician, Mr. Kouzov has collaborated with Yuri Bashmet, Krzysztof Penderecki, Evgenii Sudbin, Joshua Bell, Nicholas Angelich, and Ilya Gringolts among others, and is a founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio. As a recording artist, he is featured on Naxos, Onyx, Delos, Marquis Classics, and Albany recording labels.

 Currently, Mr. Kouzov is an Associate Professor of Cello at the University of Illinois.  He holds Master of Music Degree from the Sibelius Academy and an Artist Diploma degree from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers have included Professors Mark Reizenshtock, Victoria Yagling, Joel Krosnick, and Darrett Adkins. He will be on campus the first session.