Internationally active as performer, recording artist, pedagogue, and artistic director, American pianist Dmitry Samogray is rapidly establishing himself as an important figure amongst the new generation of classical music artists. Samogray is the founder and co-director of Audeamus International Music Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, as well as a founding member of Ensemble Accendo and the Racz-Samogray Duo.
As performer, Samogray concertizes regularly throughout Europe, as well as North and South America, to critical and public acclaim. In 2016, along with cellist Dorotea Racz, Samogray completed a tour of Peru, Chile, and Argentina, with concerts in Lima, Santiago, and Buenos Aires, amongst others, and master-classes at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Argentina) and Universidad de Antofagasta (Chile). Festival appearances include L’Infinito Festival (Italy), Festival Rovinj (Croatia), PagArt Festival (Croatia), KD Festival (Croatia), International Festival “Umbria Classica” (Italy), and Leonardo De Lorenzo Festival (Italy), and European Month of Culture (USA).
As recording artist, Samogray is currently working on an album of chamber music by the American composer, Robert Muczynski, due to be released worldwide by the Dutch label, Brilliant Classics, in Spring 2017. Future recording projects include an album of music by Pulitzer-prize winning composer, Ned Rorem, with works spanning five decades of creative life.
As co-director of Audeamus, Samogray aims to produce a concert festival centered on non-standard chamber ensembles and rarely performed works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Launched in 2015, Audeamus has been received with enthusiasm by the public and press, the latter calling it a “distinctive musical adventure” (Klasika.hr). In addition to the annual festival in Zagreb, Samogray has directed auxiliary concerts under the auspices of Audeamus in the United States, including “100 Years of Croatian Classical Music” at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Croatia.
Born in Tashkent, Samogray studied at the Uspensky School of Music with Tatyana Sotnikova, before moving to the United States. As a teenager, Dmitry performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of the American Fine Arts Festival for three consecutive seasons. Samogray received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, studying with Alexander Shtarkman, and a Master of Music degree in piano, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, studying with Larissa Dedova. Samogray is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Music at the University of Maryland, College Park.