Dmitri Kogan

High profile Russian violinist Dmitri Pavlovich Kogan was born in Moscow on 27 October 1978 into a well-known musical family. He began to play the violin when six years old, then studied at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

He performed regularly at top concert halls in many countries. Besides a series of violin concertos, Kogan's repertoire included Paganini's 24 Caprices.

He became the first violinist to play for explorers at the North Pole, on 19 April 2009. In 2010 he became an Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation.

He put a lot of effort into charity work, particularly supporting children and young people, set up a fund to support cultural projects and created and ran several music festivals.

He recorded ten CDs on various labels.

Dmitri Kogan died on 29 August 2017, aged thirty-eight, following a long battle with cancer.