My dear Dmitry,
There isn't a week that goes by that you are not remembered - whether being at Heifetz activities or at board meetings, whether hearing cello played at concerts or on the radio or just thinking of you out of the blue!!! You have left such an indelible mark on me and on so many others! With your talent, presence and kindness you charmed us all and you made me love cello more than I ever did before.
It brings tears to my eyes to know that you are no longer with us, that we are deprived of your talent and presence and you left us too early!
Why? Why? We will never comprehend and come to terms with reality!
Please know that we will always love you and cherish the beautiful memories we made together!
Rest in peace my dear Dimitry, I will always think of you very fondly . May you rest in peace.
After we retired, Saundra and I built a vacation home in the lakes region of New Hampshire. As veteran music lovers, we were thrilled to learn about the summer performances at the Heifitz Music Institute in Wolfboro. We attended regularly and were especially interested in the student recitals. We would try to identify those of unique talent who showed great promise for the future. None stood out more than Dmitry Volkov. Not only was he a gifted soloist of virtuoso caliber, but his ensemble work was equally stellar. He radiated charm and his stage presence was captivating. Saundra, entranced, sought him out and would buy him cookies during intermissions. We became friendly and had him to dinner. His charisma certainly extended to his personal relationships. He kept in touch till the Spring of 2014. We surmised that he was absorbed in career-building. A year later we googled him, and were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of his demise. The music world has lost a glowing young star, and we have lost a good, kind and vital friend.
Al and Saundra Lieber
Thinking of you as our birthdays approach as it was always fun trading birthday wishes with each other. It has been 18 months since you left us and you are very much missed and remembered by many. Fortunately, with the passage of time has come healing which allows me smile instead of wince when something reminds me of you. I am heartbroken that you’ve left us too early but the good memories and laughs are replacing the tears. My heart is especially warmed anytime I hear the many cello concertos I heard you play. I especially think of you with your “romantic” performance of Elgar’s cello concerto shortly after you and Marie got back together. Since I love pictures as they give us glimpses of life by capturing joy, love, excitement, beauty, and wonder I wanted to share some of my favorites of you. Happy Birthday Dima!
On a visit to New York. A warm day in early March 2010.
He could captivate an audience anywhere.
Dmitry remains alive in my heart and all those who met him and 'experienced' him here in Jamestown, RI, the Rock-C-Ranch in Texas and all over the world.
He was my friend. Yes, I tried to be a mentor but often he out smarted me!
The gift of music and zeal for life that he gave to all that knew him...lives on.
He showed those that knew him and heard him play: that one can do whatever they set out to do with passion and hard work.
I loved that man and continue to love him and hold him close,
You once asked to read some of my writings. I remember this moment because you were the first peer of mine I recalled asking to see my work. To me, this is a reflection of the type of person you were; genuinely interested in the intricacies of the lives of those you cared about while fiercely pursuing your own passion -- a rare balance and among the outstanding qualities that stood out about you and made you so very special to so many people.
In your company, I felt I was living in the moment. Last we met was in Bethesda. After all of the establishments closed, we sat in your car and talked until wee hours of the morning. You were the kind of person someone could do that with -- the kind with the charisma to draw you in and the depth to keep you there.
Your zest for life radiated through the fantastic way you played the cello. I'm fortunate to have witnessed your immense talent and ability to captivate an audience. When you played, a blanket of mystique befell the room, capturing the attention of all encompassed by it.
A mench with character; a friend to many, young to old, you brought ease to the lives of those you shared a friendship with and awe to audiences of your musical talent.