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Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Conductor / Violin / Transcription
Music Director – Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Founder & Artistic Director – New European Strings Chamber Orchestra

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Dmitry Sitkovetsky opens the 2019/2020 season with the GSO

Dmitry Sitkovetsky opens the 2019/2020 season with the GSO

Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra since 2003, Dmitry Sitkovetsky will open the new season with performances in Greensboro, NC, on September 19, 20, and 21 The programme will feature Vivaldi’s Concerto for four violins, Saint Saens’ Concerto for violin No 3, Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, and Navarra’s Fantasy (September 19 and 21); and Dvorak’s Miniatures, Spohr’s Double String Quartet in D minor, ...

Dmitry Sitkovetsky performs at the Blaricum Festival

Dmitry Sitkovetsky performs at the Blaricum Festival

The 2019 Blaricum Festival will see Dmitry Sitkovetsky joined by Maxim Rysanov and Dóra Kokas, to perform Schnittke’s String Trio and Bach’s Goldberg Variations (arranged by Dmitry Sitkovetsky) The concert will take place at Vituskerk, Blaricum on 2 July...

Biography

A renaissance man and a magnetic creative force, Dmitry Sitkovetsky is recognised throughout the world as having made a considerable impact on every aspect of musical life.  A prolific recording artist, with a career spanning more than four decades, he is celebrated globally as a violinist, conductor, creator, transcriber, and facilitator – and holds an undisputed and venerable position in musical society as a giant personality and educator.

As violinist and/or guest conductor, the 2019/2020 season and beyond sees Sitkovetsky perform extensively throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia.  Highlights include work with such orchestras as the Japan Century Symphony, Lucerne Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’, Sapporo Symphony, and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others.  In 2019, he also celebrates the release of a new recital disc on the Melodia label, recorded with Tchaikovsky Competition-winner Lukas Geniušas – with a programme designed as an homage to the legendary duo of Fritz Kreisler & Sergei Rachmaninov.

Sitkovetsky’s celebrated career as a violinist is documented in an extensive discography of more than forty recordings, reflecting the impressive breadth of his repertoire.  His recording collaborators to date include such orchestras as the London Symphony, Philharmonia, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, working with such legendary maestros as Sir Colin Davis, Mariss Jansons, Sir Neville Marriner, and Yehudi Menuhin.  As soloist, he has performed with the world’s leading orchestras – including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland, LA Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and Philadelphia, amongst others.

Sitkovetsky also enjoys a flourishing career as a conductor, having worked with such orchestras as Academy of St-Martin-In-The-Fields, Dallas Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony Shanghai Symphony, and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, amongst others.  In 1990, he founded the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra (NES) – bringing together the most distinguished string players from the top European ensembles, from both Russian and Western musical backgrounds (reflecting Dmitry’s own life story).  Since 2003, Sitkovetsky has served as the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina, to whom he has brought such soloists as Emmanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Garrick Ohlsson, and Pinchas Zukerman.  Previous positions of artistic leadership have included the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Leon (Artist in Residence, 2006-2009), Russian State Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ (Principal Guest Conductor, 2002-2005), and the Ulster Orchestra (Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, 1996-2001).

Given his unmatched ability to turn any project into a highly anticipated artistic event, Sitkovetsky has also been invited to create, develop and lead a number of festivals, including the Korsholm Music Festival, Finland (1983-1993, and 2002), the Seattle International Music Festival (1992-1997), the Silk Route of Music, Azerbaijan (1999), and the Festival del Sole, Tuscany (2003-2006).  The 2018/2019 season saw Sitkovetsky take the title of Artist-in-Residence of Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Festival, with other forthcoming festival visits of note including the Enescu, Ljubljana, and Verbier music festivals.

Sitkovetsky is also in high demand as a Jury member, musical expert and educator.  Recent jury roles have included the Indianapolis International Violin Competition (2018), Concours musical international de Montréal (2019), XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition (2019), and the Enescu Violin Competition (2020), and the 2019/2020 season opens with the first of a series of teaching residencies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.  Additional highlights include Sitkovetsky’s debut TEDx talk (The Power of Curiosity), the launch of his first book (Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Dialogues), and his interview series on Medici.tv (It Ain’t Necessarily So).

Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s name has also become synonymous with the art of transcription.  His iconic orchestral and string trio versions of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations have taken on a life of their own – enjoying regular performances and acclaimed recordings by many of the leading performers of today.  Following this unprecedented success, Sitkovetsky has gone on to arrange over fifty works of major repertoire by such composers as Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Schnittke, and Shostakovich.  In 2015, he unveiled his transcription of Stravinsky’s Le baiser de la fée, commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and premiered by Augustin Hadelich at Carnegie Hall.  The 2017/2018 season saw the successful premieres of a new multi-genre/multimedia work, Devil, Solider & Violin (inspired by Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale), with sold-out performances across Russia.  Summer 2018 saw the world premiere of Sitkovetsky’s transcription of Sarasate’s Navarra Fantasy, commissioned by the Verbier Festival.  This performance – marking the Festival’s 25th anniversary – was broadcast live worldwide on Medici.tv, with an all-star line up of musicians, including Lisa Batiashvili, Leonidas Kavakos, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Tabea Zimmermann, and Pinchas Zukerman – as well, of course, as Dmitry Sitkovetsky himself.

Reviews

Violin
Sitkovetsky is one of the few violinists of his generation who can be recognized almost instantly by his sound and style.
- Classical Net
These are serious, musicianly performances, stylish and communicative… Technically the playing cannot be faulted.
- Gramophone Magazine
His instrument sings with all the tenderness of an operatic aria.
- BBC Music Magazine
Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s accounts of these pinnacles of the solo violin repertoire [J.S. Bach] are imposing, in every sense of the word: his sound is robust and resonant, his technique awesome.
- BBC Music Magazine
Dmitry Sitkovetsky played the work for all it is worth…. Intensity and precision constituted a potent pair of qualities, which, allied with his finely focused tone, resulted in a totally convincing and moving musical experience.
- Seen and Heard
Conducting
The orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin has shown us how it’s done. Conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky had the courage to put the musical expression above all else and this approach invigorated the symphony, woke up its soul. In the first movement the sound could breathe simply and freely, and in the Andante Sitkovetsky gave melancholy a whole new meaning.
- Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin)
Transcription
Prince Sitkovetsky! To listen to the trio version of the Goldbergs performed by its transcriber is a special experience…a truly fascinating occasion.
- Le Devoir (Montréal)
The Goldbergs rarely seem as absorbingly focused, crafted or quixotic as Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s 1985 arrangement.
- Gramophone Magazine
 (On the transcription of the Goldberg Variations)
I had the idea to programme Chopin’s Preludes with different artists for each prelude [at the Verbier Festival]. I turned to my friend Dmitry Sitkovetsky, who is a Master in transcriptions. He was open for the challenge – and it was a hit!
 (Martin Engstroem, Founder and Executive Director, Verbier Festival)
 (On the transcription of the Chopin Preludes)
One of the most beloved musical works ever written, arranged with such affection and skill that the result sounds in no way inferior to the original... This is music of a kind that can bring tears of happiness to one's eyes – and an arrangement that should enter textbooks.
- MusicWeb-International
 (On ‘The Art of Transcription - JS Bach arrangements for String Trio')

Discography

Hommage to Kreisler & Rachmaninoff
Released October 2019 on Melodiya

Dmitry Sitkovetsky & Lukas Geniušas

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3
Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
Kreisler: Drei Walzer (Liebesfreud – Liebesleid – Schön Rosmarin)
Kreisler: Marche miniature viennoise
Schubert: Grand Duo for Violin and Piano in A Major, D574

Mozart: Complete Sonatas for piano and violin
Released September 2017 on Hänssler Classic
Goldberg - Variationen BWV 988, The strings version
Released June 2015 on meister music Co.,Ltd.
Bach: The Art of Transcription
Released February 2012 on Nimbus Records
Mozart - Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano
Released July 2010 on Haenssler Classics
Mozart - Sonatas For Piano & Violin KV 303, 377, 378 & 481
Released October 2009 on Haenssler Classics
Jubilee Concert for Bella Davidovich
Released August 2008 on Delos
VASKS: Gremata Cellam, Partita, Episodi e Canto Perpetuo / Geringas, Sitkovetsky, Randalu
on Hänssler Classic
RCO - Debussy: La Mer / Dutilleux: L'Arbre des songes / Ravel: La valse
Released May 2008 on RCO

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mariss Jansons

Shchedrin: Parade a La Russe
Released August 2007 on Haenssler Classics
Mozart: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 1
Released January 2006 on Haenssler Classics
Mozart: The Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5
Released May 2004 on Diamond Classics
Schubert: Piano Trios, Opp. 99 and 100; Notturno and Allegro
Released March 2004 on Novalis Classics
Alexander Sitkovetsky Plays Mendelssohn, Panufnik, Takemitsu, Bach
Released January 2004 on EMI Classics
Shchedrin: Kammermusik Cello & Violin Sonatas
Released June 2003 on Ars Musici
Sonatas and Dances for Violin
Released November 2005 on Warner Classics
Bernstein: The Age of Anxiety / Bolcom: Piano Concerto
Released September 2000 on Hyperion
Brahms: Serenade Op. 10 / Dohnanyi: Sextet No. 2
Released May 2000 on Warner Classics
Sibelius - Violin Concerto; Two Tempest Suites
Released February 2000 on Haenssler Classics
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 / Meditation for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 42
Released January 2000 on Haenssler Classic
Prokofiev & Shostakovich Violin Concertos
Released February 2000 on Virgin Classics
Piano Trios
Released February 2006 on Haenssler Classics
Gallery Of Classics: Brahms
Released November 1999 on Unison
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin BWV 1001-1006
Released July 1999 on Haenssler Classics
Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, BWV 1014-1019 ition Bachakademie Vol 122) /Sitkovetsky · Hill
Released June 1999 on Haenssler Classics
Shostakovich: String Symphony, No. 3, Op. 73 / Stravinsky: Concerto in D
Released June 2005 on Haenssler Classics
Violin Concertos : Mendelssohn Op. 64 & Brahms Op. 77
on Haenssler Classics
Bártok - Violin Concertos 1 & 2
Released March 2001 on EMI Classics Imports
Bach Goldberg Variations
Released May 1995 on Nonesuch Records
Ravel - Works for Violin & Piano
Released December 1994 on Orfeo
Bach: Violin Sonatas & Partitas
Released February 1994 on Orfeo
Beethoven: Violin Concerto / 2 Romances
Released January 2008 on Virgin France
Fritz Kreisler Transcriptions for Violin & Piano
Released January 2016 on Orfeo
Strauss, Janacek, Debussy: Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Released September 1989 on Virgin Classics
Beethoven Serenades Opp 8 & 25
Released February 1989
J. S. Bach: Violin Concertos
on Novalis
Brahms: The Violin Sonatas
Released August 1987 on Novalis
Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3
Released March 1987 on Novalis
Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
Released February 1986 on Novalis
Beethoven: Piano Trios, Op 97: Archduke / Op 121a: Kakadu Variations
Released December 1995 on Novalis
Schubert: Piano Trio, Op. 100, D929; Sonata D29
Released December 1995 on Novalis
Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Released March 1995 on Orfeo
Grieg - Sonatas for Violin & Piano
Released January 1993 on Orfeo