Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute, offered the following statement in reaction to news of the death of Conservatory alumnus Dmitry Volkov:
“We were shocked and saddened to learn that Dmitry Volkov passed away this weekend. The death of any member of our community touches all of us and it is especially wrenching when we lose someone at such a young age. Dmitry recently received his Artist Diploma from Peabody and his Russian Piano Trio had just won the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition. His cello career was on an upward trajectory including winning the prestigious Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in 2009 and the release of his first solo CD. He was working assiduously towards becoming a permanent resident of the United States.
“I have fond memories of many of Dmitry’s performances. One that stands out was taking Dmitry and fellow students to a special profile raising concert in New York City. As you would expect, his performance captivated the audience and he was engaging not only with his playing, but with his perceptive and wry commentary from the stage.
“Dmitry was taken from us far too soon. We can give thanks that he touched so many of our lives and that we had the chance to be moved and inspired by his cello performances. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dmitry’s family and friends and with all of Amit Peled’s cello studio. Our Peabody counseling center is available to help any in our community.”
As was previously planned, WWFM.org will broadcast a recording of the September 13, 2012, Thursday Noon recital this evening (Monday, May 12, 2014). The broadcast will feature Dmitry Volkov and pianist Yury Shadrin performing Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor.
Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun, Cellist Dmitry Volkov, recent Peabody Institute artist diploma recipient, dies at 26