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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, Alexis Cole, Avi Rothbard, Rick Germanson, Keith Ingham, 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. 

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  

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 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 and Alex Sipiagin)