Dmitry Rasul-Kareyev has been the Principal Clarinet of the OSR since 2009.
Born in Moscow in 1984, his career began when he met his first clarinet teacher Vladimir Ferapontov at the Moscow Central Music School. In 2001 he entered the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Victor Petrov. Dmitry has been a member of the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation since he was 15 years old and regularly performs in the most prestigious concert halls in Moscow and St. Petersburg. He has won several competitions, including the Rosanov International Clarinet Competition 2000.
In 2002, he was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in London and was awarded a scholarship for six years. During his studies, he won the prestigious Geoffrey Hawks Clarinet Competition, the John Solomon Prize, the coveted Yamaha Scholarship in Europe, and several chamber prizes: Max Pirani, John Ireland and Nickolas Blake.
In 2004, he participated with Milos Milivojevic in the world premiere of Elena Firsova's Invocation for clarinet and classical accordion at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival. In July 2007, he performed Steve Reich's 'New York Counterpoint' at the Cheltenham Festival. In 2010, he won the First Grand Prize in the Claude Debussy International Competition.
In addition to his involvement with the OSR, he is regularly invited to numerous festivals: Montreux-Vevey, Aix-en-Provence, Verbier and the Dvořák Festival in Prague.
Dmitry Rasul-Kareyev is the founder and director of the "Soloist Academy", a summer course and festival academy helping young musicians along with their first steps as active professionals.
Since 2011 he has been playing on a German Wurlitzer clarinet. In the same year, he was awarded the title of Associate by the Royal Academy of Music of London.