Dima and I went to Peabody and Heifetz Institute together. I was charmed by his friendly and carefree personality as well as his virtuosic skills on the cello. He had so much music in him and so much potential to share....his abrupt departure is a huge blow to people who know him and his music.
I wish the best for Dima's family and friends. Below is a statement from Heifetz Institute.
R.I. P, Dima.