He began his musical training when he was very young at the Central Music School in Moscow and in 1964 at the Moscow Conservatory with Galina Kozoloepova and Natalia Gutman . In his second year at the academy he founded (including the violistMisha Geller ) the Glinka String Quartet , in which he played from 1966 to 1978 and that he gave hundreds of concerts in theSoviet Union and beyond. He also performed as a soloist. The quartet has won the first prize at an international string quartet competition in Liege , Belgium in 1969 . From 1969 to 1973 Ferschtman was professor of chamber music at the Moscow Conservatory .
In 1978 Ferschtman emigrated with his wife, the pianist Mila Baslawskaja from the Soviet Union to the Netherlands, where a year later their daughter, violinist Liza Ferschtman, was born.
In the Netherlands, he built a new career. He played as a soloist with most conductors such as Frans Brüggen , Kenneth Montgomery , Edo de Waart . He is also active in various chamber ensembles . So he, again with Misha Geller, a new Glinka Quartet. He forms a duo with his wife Mila Baslawskaja, with whom he includes works byMyaskovsky , Schnittke , Shostakovich , Debussy and Franck recorded. With the pianist Ronald Brautigam took works by Prokofiev in which 10 got a CD in the music magazine Look .
Dmitri Ferschtman is professor of cello at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Amsterdam Conservatory . He is also a frequent guest at international festivals and gives master classes in Germany , France and Japan . He was a lecturer at the Holland Music Sessions from 1993. His pupils include others Pepijn Meeuws , Maarten Mostert, Vincent de Kort , Doris Hochscheid , Larissa Groeneveld , Quirine and Wouter my managers .
Ferschtman plays on a cello built by Daniel Roye 2004.