Violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov
Dmitry Badiarov was born in Russia, in 1969. He started playing the violin at the age of 8 with professor Semyon Ziskind. At the age of 11, from 1980 to 1984, he apprenticed to the violin-maker Vladimir Oiberman. He graduated from St.Petersburg Conservatoire (professors Mark Komissarov, Oleg Shoulpiakov) and from Brussels Royal Conservatoire (professor Sigiswald Kuijken, baroque violin). He also apprenticed with master violin-maker Vladimir Yakimenko in St.Petersburg from 1990 to 1992.
He made his first violin in 1992. The violin received a Deed of Honour at the National Competition of Violin-makers in Moscow in 1992. The same year he founded his own atelier in St.Petersburg. Despite the success at the Competition he decided to concentrate on finding out as much as possible about the esthetics and history of 18th century violin-making, because he felt the values promoted by the competitions had little connection with the values in the epoch when the violin first appeared.
For the sake of research into the history of violin development he moved to Belgium in 1994, to study the baroque violin under professor Sigiswald Kuijken. Living in Brussels since 1994 he traveled extensively across Europe visiting major museums and libraries in Paris, London, Oxford, Utrecht, The Hague, Milan etc. In 1997 he frequented the Civic School of Violin-Making in Milan (Luca Primon). Since 1995 he worked for La Petite Bande during 12 years and Ricercar Consort during 4 years, both as a violinist and violin-maker.
In 1997 he was invited to lecture on the historical aspects of violin a the School of Arts and Crafts in Pieve di Cento (Ferrara, Italy). In 2005 and 2010 he was invited to give lectures on the history of violoncello da spalla at the conservatories of The Hague and Utrecht respectively. In 2006 he was invited to give a three days seminar on various aspects of the violin, including the design and history of violin strings at Daikanyama Academy of Music in Tokyo where he consequently taught violin-making from 2007 through 2009.
From 2006 through 2009 he was a guest lecturer at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. He was a member of the British Violin Making Association and Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments and participated in a number of International violin exhibitions in Bruges (Belgium), Cremona, Boston Tokyo and New York.
He made over 90 instruments to this day.
Soloists such as Ryo Terakado, Sergey Malov, Sigiswald Kuijken play on instruments made by Dmitry Badiarov. Apart from this his instruments can be found in orchestras such as St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Aalborg Philharmonic, La Petite Bande and a number of baroque ensembles in Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia, in the hands of graduates of St.Petersburg State Conservatoire, Brussels Royal Conservatoire, Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, Toho University and The National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo.