Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1970, Dimitri Atanassov started learning the violin at the age of 6. After studying with Professor Anna Ivanova, Dimitri excelled in his studies at the Prague Academy of Arts under the guidance of Professor Vaclav Snitil, completing his Master’s degree in 1994. As a Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia orchestra and a chamber musician he has worked and performed with some leading international artists and conductors such as Shlomo Mintz, Nigel Kennedy, Per Arne Glorvigen, Kiri Te Kanawa, Dmitri Kitajenko, John Nelson, Luciano Pavarotti, Josef Suk, Roy Goodman, Alina Ibragimova, Tasmine Little, Oleg Caetani, Feng Ning, James Ehnes and many others.
Inspired by violin maker Ian Sweetman and the works of the old Cremonese masters Guarneri and Stradivari, Dimitri took up violin making in 2002. He also learned violin making and restoration in the USA, France and Italy. He has also attended violin restoration classes with Jean-Jacques Fasnacht and Iris Carr and bow restoration classes with Lynn Armour.
In 2013 he opened his workshop in Cremona, Italy. It is situated 200m away from Stradivari’s birth place.
His instruments have become popular for their superb quality of sound and playability. Currently Dimitri’s violins are played in Europe, USA, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2010 he exhibited at the “Ole Bull” – Exhibition in Oslo Norway- organized by Christophe Landon, and exhibits regularly at the Shanghai Music Expo and Cremona Mondomusica. In 2011 his instruments were placed 5th and 6th at the International Violin Making Competition in Pisogne, Italy.