Dmitry Smirnov was born in St Petersburg in 1994 in a musical family. He began to study music at the age of four. Graduated from the Middle Special School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (classes of Elena Zaitseva and Anastasia Milka). Currently a student at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (class of Pavel Vernikov) and the Musik-Akademie Basel.
Prize-winner at the Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition (2006, 1st prize), the Gartow Stiftung International Competition in St Petersburg (2007, 1st prize), the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in Cardiff (2008, 2nd prize), the International Tibor Varga Violin Competition in Sion (2015, 1st prize and Audience Award) and the International Contest of Music Interpretations in Lausanne (2017, 1st prize). Winner of the Rotary Excellence Prize International Violin Competition in Lugano.
In 2007 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, and in 2009 he appeared at Wigmore Hall in London. Has taken part in the Salzburg Festival, the international festivals Crescendo, Musical Olympus, Moscow Greets its Friends, L'estate musicale (Italy), Popkomm (Germany) and Inverno musicale (Brazil). Has appeared with the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic (Honoured Ensemble of Russia), the State Academic Symphonic Cappella of Russia, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonic, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra and the chamber ensembles Moscow Virtuosi and Moscovia.
Engagements for the 2017-2018 season include performances at the St Petersburg House of Music, the North Caucasus State Safonov Philharmonic in Kislovodsk, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and the Brucknerhaus in Linz.