Born in St Petersburg in 1975, Dmitri Makhtin started his musical education at the age of 4 with his parents, both professional violinists. In 1981 he entered the Conservatoire for highly talented children. In 1989 he won the prize of the National Competition for Young Violinists in Novossibirsk, Russia. He was then invited to perform recitals in his native country and appeared as a soloist with St Petersburg Philharmonic and Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestras.
In 1990, he obtained a scholarship from the Young Musicians' Foundation in the USA and gave his first recitals in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas.
From 1992 to 1995 he continued his musical education with professors Philip Hirshborn and Hermann Krebbers. From 1993 until 1996 he won the following international competitions : Kloster Schontal violin competition, Premio Paganini and Louis Spohr, Tibor Varga, Montréal and Sibelius and Pretoria.
Dmitri Makhtin made his French debut in Paris in 1997 with Evgeny Svetlanov and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra followed by his American debut in 1998 with the Cleveland Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin. From then on, he has performed orchestras such as : Het Residentie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Radio and TV Orchestras, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Montpellier National Orchestra, New Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Solistes Européens du Luxembourg and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He performed with conductors such as Evgueny Svetlanov, Leonard Slatkin, Lev Markiz, James de Priest, Sakari Oramo, Jiri Belohlavek, Alexander Dmitriev, Jerzy Semkow, Yuri Temirkanov and Nikolaï Alexeev.
An active chamber music player, he has performed in prestigious festivals such as the Arts Square in St Petersburg, Lisbonne, Folles Journées de Nantes, Roque d'Anthéron , Musique en Côte Basque and Festival de Saint-Denis.
His musical partners are Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Kniazev, Alexander Paley, Brigitte Engerer, Renaud Capuçon and Ysaÿe Quartet. He recently recorded Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.1 with the Solistes Européens du Luxembourg.