Dimitri Devyatkin – Musical Biography

Dimitri playing "House of the Horizontal Sync" at The Kitchen, 1971

Born in New York City, Dimitri studied violin since he was 12. He played with youth orchestras in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

He studied modern composition with Joan Tower, widely regarded as "one of the most important American composers living today."

His violin teacher was Lucille Anne Gewinner and his favorite composers are Bach, Mozart, Bartok, Corelli, Vivaldi, Hayden and GF Handel.

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At the age of 17, Dimitri spent a summer playing electric violin with the legendary jazz master Rahsaan Roland Kirk and his combo at the Both/And Café in San Francisco. Kirk "was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously."

Dimitri loves jazz - especially John Coltrane  and ”Bird” – Charlie Parker, Calypso, Reggae, Old English Spirituals and the Blues – Howlin’ Wolf is Dimitri's beloved Blues man. As critic Cub Koda described him, "no one could match Howlin' Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits."  


(Originally recorded for Chess Records in August 1951, this is a performance from 1966 by Howlin' Wolf

In German --

VIOLIN:  Dimitri Devyatkin, geboren in New York City, US-Bürger. Lebt seit 2 Jahren in Deutschland. Er studierte klassische Violine, spielte mit Orchestern sowohl in der Carnegie Hall als auch im Lincoln Center. Weiterhin moderne Komposition mit Joan Tower. Im Alter von 17 verbrachte Dimitri einen Sommer mit seiner elektrische Violine mit dem legendären Jazz-Musiker Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Dimitri ist ein großer Liebhaber von Klassik und Jazz. Beruflich ist er ein unabhängiger Film-und Video-Produzent