The Russian-born Baroque violin and Violoncello da spalla player and Baroque string instruments maker, Dmitry Badiarov, has lived and worked in Saint-Petersburg and Brussels. He started playing the violin with Semyon Ziskind at the age of 8. He graduated from the St.Petersburg State Conservatory where he studied with Mark Kommisarov and Oleg Shoulpiakov and enrolled at Brussels Royal Conservatory to study Baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuijken, and aesthetics of Baroque music with Peter Van Heyghen in 1994.
Since 1995 Dmitry Badiarov has played with Il Fondamento, Mito dell’Arco Quartet, Den Haag Baroque, Bach Collegium Japan, Les Boréades, I Carissimi, Il Gardellino and Les Talens Lyriques among others, working as a regular member with La Petite Bande (1995-2006) and Ricercar Consort (2002-2006).
Being an active promoter of the violoncello da spalla since the moment it was built in 2004, Dmitry Badiarov performed on it as a soloist in Japan, The Netherlands and in Mexico. His career is a symbiosis of violin playing and making. It has been much inspired by the careers of the earliest violinists and some of the notable Italian luthiers-players such as Pietro Guarneri of Mantua. He started carving wood at the age of 5, and was apprenticed to the luthier Vladimir Oiberman at the age of 11, and to luthier Vladimir Yakimenko in St.Petersburg at 19. In 1997 he participated in a five-month-long course of modern violin-making with Luca Primon at Milan’s school of Violin-making. Joining his violin-making principles with the Historically Informed Performance Practice, he established his philosophy and style in violin-making based on the faithful adherence to the historicity and aesthetics of the Baroque. Over the last decade he has made about 65 instruments, including a set of early Baroque Germanic da braccio instruments for La Petite Bande, nearly a dozen violoncellos da spalla for players such as Sigiswald Kuijken and Ryo Terakado, and dozens of Baroque violins for soloists and members of Baroque ensembles throughout Europe, Mexico, USA and Korea.
Dmitry Badiarov was a guest lecturer at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and a guest teacher of historically informed violin-making practice at a violin-making school in Tokyo from 2007 to 2009.