Berlin-native baritone Dennis Chmelensky studies at the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of renowned instructors Mikael Eliasen and Marlena Malas currently in his fifth year.
Following his return to Vienna to study with Robert Holl, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Elly Ameling and to perform in several Schubertiaden around Vienna under the leadership of Prof. Deen Larsen, highlights of the young baritone’s 2017-18 season include role debuts such as Golaud (Impressions of Pelléas) performances of Hugo Wolf's hauntingly beautiful Italienisches Liederbuch performed in full with pianist Mikael Eliasen and Ashley Robilliard in San Diego California, Montauk Long Island and Philadelphia, Junior (A Quiet Place), Mr. Gobineau (The Medium) as well as a chamber music recital for the chamber music society of Maryland.
Recent scholarship recipient of the Kempinski Young Arts Program, He was awarded scholarships by the Gerda Lissner Liederkranz Foundation in New York (2016), Opera Libera Inc (2016), James T. Townsend Foundation (2016), Richard Wagner Society (2013), and the Bürgerstiftung Siegen under the patronage of Rolf H. Brunswig (since 2013). Chmelensky is a first prize winner of the national council competition Jugend Musiziert Germany (2008), he has received the Engelbert Humperdinck Prize (2008), the Europäischer Hoffnungspreis by the European Foundation for Culture (2009) and the Bärenreiter Verlag Prize (2008).
He began violin lessons at the age of six, and voice and piano lessons at the age of seven. He previously attended the Universität der Künste Berlin where he studied with Heide Görtz, Kai-Uwe Jirka, and others. As a boy-soprano, Dennis Chmelensky has performed with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Staats und Domchor Berlin, Deutsches Symphonieorchester and Kapellsoloist's Dresden in such prestigious venues as Phiharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie Köln and Berlin State Opera. Recitals and Concerts brought him to Schottland, Spain, Russia, Serbia and the US. His debut album, DENNIS, was released in 2009 by Sony Music.