Dimitris Botinis is one of the rising stars of the Russian music scene. He has been Assistant to the Principal Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic since 2011, and in 2015 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the North Caucasus Philharmonic Orchestra. Botinis has also worked with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the State Academic and Academic Capella Symphony Orchestras of St Petersburg, the State Hermitage Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Croatian Radio and Television, the Podlasie Opera & Philharmonic Orchestra and Polish Baltic Philharmonic (Poland), the Liszt and Wagner Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, the Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano, and orchestras in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras in his native Greece.
His guest conducting engagements for 2015-16 include the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), the St Petersburg State Academic Cappella Symphony Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya” and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Russia, in addition to his engagements with the North Caucasus and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras
Born into a family of musicians, Dimitris Botinis graduated from the Municipal Conservatory of Patras as a violinist, and at the age of fourteen began to study conducting under the guidance of his father, as well as attending master-classes under Yuri Simonov in Hungary. In 2006, at the age of 20 he was the winner of all the special prizes and joint 2nd prize overall at the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Italy. He continued his studies with Yuri Simonov at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire in St Petersburg, graduating in 2011. Upon graduation he was appointed assistant to Simonov at the Moscow Philharmonic, and the same year he was the winner of the 1st All-Russian Music Competition in Moscow.