“Evgeny Kissin, Grigory Sokolov - your successor is coming.” (Luzerner Zeitung)
Amongst his biggest accomplishments, at the age of 14, Dmitry has debuted in Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and conductor Miran Vaupotić. Furthermore, in September 2016, at the age of 11, Dmitry represented Malta at the Eurovision of Young Musicians held in Cologne, Germany, and became the youngest finalist in the Eurovision history. He released his first CD "Virtuoso" in October of 2021 with Parma Recordings playing a program by Chopin.
Born in 2005 in Moscow, Dmitry Ishkhanov demonstrated an interest in music yet at the age of 4 when he started playing the piano with his babysitter.
Dmitry’s family moved to Malta in 2008 and already in 2013, when he was only 8, he had completed 5 grades in Practical Piano of the ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, UK) based in Malta.
Starting from 2014 and up to 2020 Dmitry had been studying in Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with professors Nina Tichman and Gesa Lücker. Simultaneously, he studied in Humboldt-Gymnasium Köln and finished high-school in Malta. Dmitry is currently studying at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, with Prof. Pavel Gililov.
Though the young age, Dmitry has managed to be a participant and a prize winner of many prestigious competitions, to name a few “Violin and Friends” (Malta), International Competition of Young Music Talents "RovereD'Oro" in Italy, XXII Young Pianists International Competition "Citta di Barletta" in Italy, International Piano Competition “Golden Key” in Germany "MünchnerKlavierpodium der Jugend" in Germany, “JugendMusiziert” in Germany (1st prize), XXV Young Musicians International Competition "FLAME" in France, International Piano Competition "Maria Herrero” in Spain, "Euregio Piano Award" International Piano Competition in Germany, International César-Franck Competition in Belgium and Pozzolino 3rd International Competition for Young Pianists in Italy. In the latter he won the first absolute prize and Grand Prix in the category up to 19 years.
From his first piano teacher being Lolita Poghosyan, Dmitry never stops improving himself and steadily walks to his big dream. Masterclasses with Arie Vardi (Israel), Jacques Rouvier (France), Pavel Gililov (Germany), Siegfried Mauser (Austria), Andreas Frölich (Germany), Arkady Zinziper (Germany), Leonel Morales (Spain), Andrea Bonatta (Italy), Aquiless Delle Vigne (Argentina), Lev Natochenny (Switzerland), Yoheved Kaplinsky (USA), Valeriy Pyasetskiy (Russia), Felix Gottlieb (Germany), Dmitri Bashkirov (Spain), Vladimir Ovchinnikov (Russia), Jan Jiracek von Arnim (Austria), Grigory Gruzman (Germany), Zhe Tang (China), Alfred Brendel (Austria), Dmitry Alexeev (UK), Bernd Goetzke (Germany) and many others have significantly influenced on Dmitry’s young career.
Dmitry fluently speaks English, German, Russian and Spanish languages.
Dmitry is very active in performing within the framework of various festivals: International Festival "New Names" (Armenia), Valletta International Piano Festival (Malta), Malta International Music Festival (Malta), Rachmaninoff Festival (Germany), ClaviCologne International Piano Festival (Germany), “Moscow meets friends” festival organized by Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation (Russia), Nuits Musicales du Suquet 2017 (France), Washington International Piano Festival (USA), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Palazzo Ricci, (Italy), Chieti Classica (Italy), Piano Academy Eppan (Italy), and others,
at prestigious concerts halls: Kennedy Centre (Washington), Cologne Philharmonic, Smetana Hall (Prague), Beethoven House (Bonn, Germany), Musikverein Goldener Saal (Austria), Concertgebouw (Netherlands), Mozerteum Grosser Saal (Salzburg), Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall in New York and many others.