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

Kolesnik came to New York in 1991. He received scholarship from City College of New York to study with legendary bassist Ron Carter while earning his Master Of Art degree.  

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

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

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

His list of recordings includes:

Anthony Wonsey: Lorraine's Lullaby (Cellar Live), 2021`

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

New York Trio: Monk's Mood (HGBS Blue Records), 2017

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

                                                                                          Meeting Point: Quintessence (Challenge Records), 2009

                                                                                          Dan Adler - All Things Familiar, (Emdan Music), 2009 

                                                                                          HMK Trio: Russian Caravan (Bomba-Piter), 2009 

                                                                                          Dmitri Kolesnik: Five Corners (Challenge Records), 2007 

                                                                                         Johnny Colon - Keeping It Real, 2007 

                                                                                         Bill Ware - Vibes 4, (Knitting Factory Records), 2002 

                                                                                         Arkady Figlin - RKD, 2002 

                                                                                         Andrei Kondakov - Kind of Optimistic, (Boheme Music), 2002 

                                                                                         Dmitri Kolesnik: Blues for Dad (Bohema Music), 2001