Hailed by the press as a "breathtaking" and "stunning" pianist, Dmitri Novgorodsky was born to a musical family in Odessa, Ukraine. He began to play the piano at age five and was admitted into a special music school for gifted children a year later. By the age of 16, he had won the First Prize at the Kazakhstan National Piano Competition, and later the Gold Medal of the National Festival of the Arts. After graduating from the studio of Professor Victor Merzhanov at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with high honors, Novgorodsky immigrated to Israel in 1991.
In 1992, he was offered a full scholarship for advanced studies at Yale University School of Music in the United States. Under the tutelage of Professor Boris Berman, he earned the Master of Music, the Master of Musical Arts, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Currently, Mr. Novgorodsky is the first and the only Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduate in Piano Performance to have earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree from Yale. In 1999, he was granted the "Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts" permanent U.S. residence, "as one of a small percentage of those who have risen to the top in their field of endeavor."
Dr. Novgorodsky has performed in Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Israel, France, Austria, Spain, Canada, Turkey and Taiwan. In the United States, he has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall (New York City); the Kennedy Center and the Residence of Russian Ambassador to the Unites States (Washington, DC); the WLFN Talent Showcase (Philadelphia); the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI (in live broadcast solo recitals). Among highlights in the last several years have been performances at the Center for Advanced Musical Research in Istanbul; a concert tour in Kazakhstan with a solo recital and master classes at the National Conservatory of Music; a chamber music concert at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory; recitals with Patrice Michaels at the International Voice Symposium in Salzburg, Austria; solo recital at the Eden-Tamir Music Center (Jerusalem); engagements as concerto soloist with Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, Temple Symphony, Lawrence Symphony, Fredonia College Symphony, Western New York Chamber Orchestra. In August 2014, he performed collaborative recitals at the Deià International Music Festival and at the Palau March Summer Concert series in Palma de Mallorca with violinist David Colwell. In May 2015, he appeared both as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and as a chamber musician at the International Music Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
One of four chamber compositions by contemporary authors Mr. Novgorodsky has premiered - "The Prophecy from 47 Ursae Majoris" for clarinet and piano by Andrew Paul MacDonald - won the 2001 Third International Web Concert Hall Competition, was performed at Carnegie Hall with Yamaha performing artist, Arthur Campbell, and became a part of the CD Premieres, released on the Gasparo label. A CD of pieces for oboe and piano by the 20th century Russian-Soviet composers, recorded in collaboration with Professor Mark Fink, was released by the University of Wisconsin Madison Press in the fall of 2007 and has been commercially available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, China, India, South Africa, and Japan. A CD of cello sonatas by Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss in transcription for double bass, recorded with Michael Klinghoffer at the Eden-Tamir Music Center in Jerusalem, is due to be released in Japan later this year.
Dr. Novgorodsky's pedagogical experience comprises more than 14 years of university teaching. His former students have continued their graduate studies at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Colorado Boulder and University of Texas at Austin. He has been a piano faculty at Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, Jerusalem Academy of Music, and State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music.
He joins the Ithaca College School of Music as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2015.