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Dmitri Babanov was born in St Petersburg and began horn lessons at the age of eleven. He studied first at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory with Vitali Buyanovsky, and in 1994 moved to the Frankfurt am Main Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst as a pupil of Marie-Luise Neunecker. He also had lessons with Erich Penzel and attended master-classes with Frøydis Ree-Wekre in Oslo. He had early experience in various orchestras and was assistant in the St Petersburg Staatskapelle. After a period in 1998 as assistant third/first horn in the Münster State Theatre, in 1999 he became principal horn in the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra.

Since 2003 he has played in the same position in the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, while making appearances with various German orchestras and collaborating in chamber music. With his Chantilly Quintet he was a prizewinner in the 2006 ARD Competition, and has appeared with the same ensemble at home and abroad. As a soloist he has won various international competitions and since 2004 has taught at the Berlin Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule.

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