Dmitriy Cogan is a native of Moscow where he studied at the Central Music School. Emigrating to the U.S. in 1974, he studied conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He then attended Juilliard School of Music in New York, receiving Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. He performed his solo debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, was a prize winner in the 1981 Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, and has performed in major concert halls all over the world. Since 1985 he has also performed throughout North America and Asia with violinist Alexander Markov; their first compact disc was released worldwide on the Erato label.