Dmitry Pitulko (Viola)

        Dmitry Putulko was born in Leningrad in 1978. His musical talent was early recognized and supported by his parents - professional musicians. He was barely five years old when he started to take lessons at the music school. His fist teacher, Anatoli Schwarzburg, was a very experienced and sensitive pedagogue. The continuation of his musical education took place at the Rimsky Korsakov Music College in Saint-Petersburg where he was given viola lessons by Professor E. Panfilova.

        As early as two years later he gained recognition when by being awarded the First Prize in the international music competition in Bulgaria and that paved the way for numerous solo performances with the St Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra.

        The next step of his career seemed obvious: In 1998, Dmitry attended the classes of Professor V. Stopichev at the St Petersburg State Conservatory.

        During the five years of his studies at this Conservatory, Dmitrj played in the viola group of the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchester under conductor V. Gergiev.

        He graduated in 2004 and that very year was offered to play the viola with the Atrium String Quartet founded four years before by his former fellow-students. His becoming part of the group was the beginning of the four string player's biography. Together with his collegues Dmitry has studied in the Netherland String Quartet Academy (2006-2007) coaches by Prof. Stefan Metz, and later (2007-2009) in the "Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler" in Berlin by Prof. Eberhard Feltz.  

        Besides having considerable experience for his age as an ensemble player, Dmitry is excelling as a soloist and also has been playing with several symphony orchestra.