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Is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. He was steered towards jazz music by his father, jazz pianist. Kolesnik abandoned his engineering career to become professional musician, graduated from Mussorgsky College of Music, earned ‘Discovery of the Year’ title by the Jazz Poll and worked with David Goloshchekin and Igor Butman. 

Kolesnik came to New York in 1991 and received scholarship from City College of New York to study with legendary bassist Ron Carter.  


Since then he worked as a sideman with Benny Golson, Stanley Jordan, Anthony Wonsey, Mark Murphy, Eric Alexander, Woody Allen, Richie Cole, Nicole Henry, Harry Whitaker, Bill Ware, Johnny Colon, Bill Warfield, David Budway, Avi Rothbard, Rick Germanson, Steve Nelson, Alexis Cole, Andrei Kondakov, Chris Gillespie, Vitali Imereli and many others. 


As a leader Kolesnik performed his original compositions at Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Smoke, Smalls. 

For many years he is a member of Anthony Wonsey Trio and Chris Gillespie Trio at Carlyle Hotel.


His list of recordings includes:


Petra Simone Acker & Steven Reich New York Trio: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free, HGBS Blue Records, 2018

Chris Gillespie: Portraits of Porter, 2014  

Bill Warfield Big Band: Trumpet Story, featuring Randy Brecker and Vic Juris (Planet Arts Records), 2014 

Spiritrio: Episode I (Masha Records), 2013 (with Anthony Wonsey) 

Meeting Point: Quintessence (Challenge Records), 2009 (with Lenny White and Eric Alexander) 

Dan Adler - “All Things Familiar,” Emdan Music, 2009 (with Grant Stewart)

HMK Trio: Russian Caravan (Bomba-Piter), 2009 (with John Hart and Jimmy Madison)  

Dmitri Kolesnik: Five Corners (Challenge Records), 2007 (with Lenny White, Eric Alexander, Andrei Kondakov and Jim Rotondi) 

Johnny Colon - "Keeping It Real," 2007 (Boogaloo legend) 

Bill Ware - "Vibes 4," Knitting Factory Records, 2002 (with Debora Harry) 

Arkady Figlin - “RKD,” 2002 

Andrei Kondakov - "Kind of Optimistic,” Boheme Music, 2002 (with Ralph Peterson, Ravi Coltrane and Paul Bollenback) 

Dmitri Kolesnik: Blues for Dad (Bohema Music), 2001 (with Lenny White, Eric Alexander, Andrei Kondakov and Alex Sipiagin)



I have listened to the album “Blues for Dad" and have been enjoying every minute of it… I am so happy to hear Dmitri Kolesnik in this setting, as his sound is warm and big, and his choice of notes is truly inspirational. His playing continues to grow and make his presence on New York jazz scene necessary. His compositions also merit close attention. This is a wonderful recording!

Fashions change, but classic cool never goes out of style: the second CD by Russian-born bassist Kolesnik feels right from the first note. Hipster shuffles, bop burners and dreamy ballads are all performed with urbane aplomb by a dynamite 

band… Everything   clicks.

As a composer Kolesnik is capable of writing music of great emotional content; from full out swingers to light and clever midtempo masterpieces and lush ballads.

I really like Dmitriʼs music, thatʼs the thing that excites me about playing with this group.

Besides his great skills as a composer and bandleader, Kolesnikʼs bass solos are always a delight. With superb technique and inventiveness, each of his solos on this set was a complete musical statement and drew extensive applause from the audience.