Dmitry Ratush, assistant principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic orchestra since 2004 and founding member of the IPO Richter string quartet, made his debut in New York at the Merkin Concert Hall in 1991. Dmitry, among the leading string players in Israel. He was principal violist of the Bern Symphony orchestra in Switzerland and regulary takes part in important projects as guest principal violist of the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Palau del les Artes (Spain) under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
In 1990 Dmitry Ratush and his family left Russia and settled in Israel. In the same year he had begun his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem with world- renowned viola virtuoso Michael Kugel. Graduating from Jerusalem Academy in 1994, Mr. Ratush continued his studies in Dallas, Texas at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts with Dr. E.Schmieder and Professor B.Hustis.
Dmitry Ratush is a founding member of the Chamber Ensemble Millennium, at Targ Music Center in Jerusalem. With the ensemble, Dmitry appeared on a number of life broadcasts of Kol Hamusica, the Israel’ Classical Music Channel and recorded two SDs. Admired by his colleagues and audiences as a chamber music partner he has performed regularly in Israel Festival and Voice of Music Festival in the Upper Galilee. Also Mr. Ratush appears as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world in International Festivals and Chamber Music Series