For all of Dmitry’s qualities as a performer, he was an even better friend. He would show up at the office on a cold day with a cup of coffee for every member present, or on a hot day with scoops of gelato. On his best friend’s birthday, he arranged for the two of them to jump out of a plane together because he happened to remember that his friend had mentioned going skydiving in passing. If you had a passion, Dmitry encouraged it. If you had a problem, Dmitry listened without passing judgment.
Those who remember Dmitry’s performances will certainly remember his presence and charisma onstage. These qualities were not manufactured, but radiated from every part of his being. He fascinated everyone with his presence, his spirit, his grace and his elegance. We all marveled at his virtuosity with the cello and how he was so friendly to all he met, never aloof.
On his worst day he never fell below the standard of a perfect gentleman.
Dmitry Volkov was nobility without conceit, charisma without vanity, a friend without envy, without question he was the King of the Queen City.”