Dmitry Yablonsky was born in Moscow into a musical family.
His mother is Oxana Yablonsklaya, famed pianist and his father Albert Zaionz, who has been for 30 years, solo oboe of the Radio and Television orchestra in Moscow.
Dmitry began playing the cello when he was 5 years old and right away was accepted to the Central Music School for gifted children. At the age of 9 he gave his orchestral debut playing Haydn´s cello concerto in C major. In Russia, Dmitry has studied with Stefan Kalianov, who has been Rostropovich´s assistant and Isaak Buravsky, who for many years was solo cello of Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. Before immigrating to the United States he has performed on many occasions in Moscow and many cities of the former Soviet Union. To leave the Soviet Union was not that easy as the visa application was first refused and it took a few years and many signatures from many well known personalities as Leonard Bernstein, and Katharine Hepburn to convince the Soviet authorities to issue a visa abroad.for his mother to leave the country.
In 1977 Dmitry and his mother arrive in New York.
Upon arrival in New York, he auditioned to the Juilliard School of Music and was accepted to study with Lorne Munroe, solo cello of New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the summer of 1979, at the age 16, Dmitry was accepted to participate in Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and was the youngest participant that summer. In Marlboro he met many great musicians as M. Horszowski, M.Tree, M. Shneider, M.Foley and many others. After playing for David Soyer, cellist of Guarneri quartet, he offered him to come to Curtis Institute of Music to study with him.
In the summer of 1980, Dmitry met Aldo Parisot, distinguished cellist and professor at Yale University where Dmitry spent 4 years. At Yale he became interested in conducting after meeting Otto Werner Muller, conducting professor.
After graduating from Yale, he has spent 2 years in the artist diploma program at the Juillard School of Music with Zara Nelsova. During the studying years Dmitry has played for Janos Starker, Mstislav Rostropovich, Andre Navarra, Maurice Gendron and many more.
During one festival, which took place in Camerino, Italy he was asked to replace a conductor, who cancelled at the last minute conducting Stravinsky Octet with members of Santa Cecilia orchestra of Rome. This was quite challenging as he never conducted before. Dmitry was 26 years old and that was his conducting debut.
As a cellist he has played all over the world in venues as Carnegie Hall, La Scala, Moscow Great Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Taiwan National Hall, Teatre Mogador, Cite de la Musique, Louvre and many others. Some chamber music partners have included, Victor Tretyakov, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet and many more.
For 4 years Dmitry has been Principal Guest Conductor of Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and has conducted many orchestra all over the world as, Belgian National Orchetsra, Catania Opera Orchestra, Netherlands North Orchetsra, Holland symphonia, Bologna Chamber Orchestra, Taiwan National Orchestra, Russian State Orchestra, Orchestre National d´Ile de France, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.
He has collaborated with soloists as Monserrat Caballe, Roberto Alagna, Olga Borodina and performed K.Penderecki cello concerto with composer at the podium.
Piano trio recording for Erato/ Warner with Vadim Repin and Boris Berezovsky has won numerous awards. He has transcribed and edited works for cello, which was released by International Music Company and Dover Publications. His recording of all 40 Popper etudes for solo cello was released by Naxos records in the fall of 2008 to a great critical acclaim.
Dmitry has made more then 70 recordings as conductor and cellist for Naxos, Erato-Warner, Chandos, Belair Music, Sonora, Connoisseur Society. Some of his recordings have won many prizes as, Berlin critic prize, Shostakovich´s Jazz suites recording have been on charts in UK and US. Grammy nomination for 2007 and much more.
He has organized many festivals all over the world including Qabala Festival in Azerbaijan, Wandering Stars Festival, which takes place in different countries of the world each year as in Israel, Italy, Russia, USA and more.
Dmitry has two cellos, which he uses for his cello concerts, Joseph Filius Andrea Guarneri and Matteo Goffriller. He lives on the border of France and Spain in a beautiful Catalan Village in the mountains.