Dimitri Naïditch was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1963 from a physicist and academician father and a mother known to be one of the best piano teacher from the former Soviet bloc. He started performing in Kiev while still a child and attended the musical school for exceptionally gifted children.
After graduating, he wan the National Piano Competition of Vilnus (Lithuania) and the Kalis International Competition (Poland), before winning four First Prize in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow: First Prize of Interpretation, Chamber Music, Teaching and Accompaniment. In addition, he developed a passionate interest in jazz and started to perform in the main festivals of Eastern Europe, Switzerland, Italy, playing his own compositions, a mix of jazz, classical and Ukrainian folk music.
In the early 90′s, Dimitri Naïditch set up in France and carried on his career as a concert pianist, while teaching in the Conservatory of Lyon. He was awarded in various jazz competitions, including from the Jazz à la Défense Festival and was awarded « Revelation of the Year » by the cultural centres of the Lyon region.
In 1996, his first solo album, « De l’Avis d’un Clown » (IDA Records), was released. In 1999, he launched and took the artistic direction of a jazz and classical music festival – « Les Mélomanies d’Annonay », based on the principle of de-partitioning music styles. The festival was the perfect opportunity for Dimitri to make room for innovative projetcs, especially for piano and symphonic orchestras, and to experiment further the co-existence of composition and improvisation.
As a concert pianist, Dimitri performs in France and abroad both in solo and woth symphonic orchestras such as the Kiev Philarmonic National Orchestra, the Lille Symphonic Orchestra, the Saint-Petesbourg Mariinsky Theatre Symphonic Orchestra, the Cannes Symphonic Orchestra and many others. He also performed with the French music association ARFI (Marmite Infernale), in trio with Jean-Jacques Avenel and Joël Alluche, in duo with Didier Lockwood, Gilles Apap, Vladimir Chevel, Alessandro Quarta, etc. and played together with Richard Galliano, Pierre Amoyal, Buffo-Howard Buten, Rick Margitza, Andy Sheppard, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, etc.
In addition to his live performances, Dimitri Naïditch writes commissioned music pieces (for theatre, documentaries, etc.) and gives masterclasses in a number of Conservatories as wellas at the music school of Didier Lockwood.
In 2005, he released « Cossia », his second piano solo album dedicated to jazz on the Ames Record label distributed by Harmonia Mundi. He shared the bill of the musical show « Le Jazz et la Diva » with Didier Lockwood and Caroline Casadesus at Le Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse then at the Tristan Bernard Theatre in Paris before eventually touring for more than 200 shows in France and being nominated for the « Victoires de la Musique » Award and winning the « Molière » Award in the « Best Music Show of the Year » category.
In 2007-2009, Dimitri Naïditch started up a new multifolded project focusing on the Ukrainian folk music that he looked into from the angle of jazz and contemporary classical music. The work gave birth to three music shows, namely « Les Chants d’Ukraine », « Davnina » and « Trio Kiev » that were performed in a number of jazz and folk music festivals.
In 2009-2010, Dimitri Naïditch wrote a new musical show in solo, « Ma Vie en Morceaux » (My Life In (Musical) Pieces) that came out as a mix between theater, humour, classical music and jazz, that was performed a number of times at La Gaîté Montparnasse in Paris throughout 2011.
In 2012, Jean-François Zygel invited Dimitri Naïditch to give a concert at Le Théâtre du Châtelet based on his « Bach in Jazz » repertoire. In the follow up, he invited him to perform on his TV show « La Boîte à Musique » (Music Box) to play a theme of Mozart in jazz. Dimitri gave a series of « Bach in Jazz » concerts with a growing success at the Théâtre de La Gaîté Montparnasse in Paris. In parallel, he is working on a new « Mozart in Jazz » repertoire and is preparing future recording projects around this theme in 2013.