A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Dmitry Kustanovich immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of 5, settling in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He began violin lessons at age 9, studying at the New England Conservatory. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, Dmitry began studying the viola and attended the Curtis Institute of Music, working with Joseph de Pasquale, former principal violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. After performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he joined the FWSO in 2005.
Dmitry has toured the world as a member of several chamber groups and orchestras, working with many of the world’s greatest conductors. He cites his summers at the Greenwood Music Camp and participation in Alexander Schneider’s New York String Seminar as the influences that propelled him into a music career. When he is not performing with the Orchestra, Dmitry enjoys playing chamber music with old friends, road trips, baseball and chess.