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Dmitry Sitkovetsky is an artist whose creativity defies categorising. He has built up an active and successful career as a violinist, conductor, arranger,  festival director & also a TV presenter. Sitkovetsky has performed as a soloist with a number of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of the major London orchestras, NHK, Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has performed at a number of high-profile festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier, Enescu (Bucharest), Ravinia, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart and Festival del Sole (Napa Valley). In 2003, he was appointed Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, a position he currently holds with great success. In the 2014-15 season and beyond, Sitkovetsky’s guest engagements represent his extremely diverse range of activities including concerto performances in Lucerne with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Tchaikovsky) and the Symphony of Napa Valley under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner (Mozart); play/conduct programs with the SPHINX orchestra at the Festival del Sole (Napa Valley) as well as with the Bangkok Symphony (Mozart); return engagements with the Japan Century Orchestra - (Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven), Moscow Virtuosi (Mozart, Tchaikovsky), Tallin

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Dmitry Sitkovetsky is an artist whose creativity defies categorising. He has built up an active and successful career as a violinist, conductor, arranger,  festival director & also a TV presenter. Sitkovetsky has performed as a soloist with a number of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of the major London orchestras, NHK, Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has performed at a number of high-profile festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier, Enescu (Bucharest), Ravinia, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart and Festival del Sole (Napa Valley). In 2003, he was appointed Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, a position he currently holds with great success.
In the 2014-15 season and beyond, Sitkovetsky’s guest engagements represent his extremely diverse range of activities including concerto performances in Lucerne with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Tchaikovsky) and the Symphony of Napa Valley under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner (Mozart); play/conduct programs with the SPHINX orchestra at the Festival del Sole (Napa Valley) as well as with the Bangkok Symphony (Mozart); return engagements with the Japan Century Orchestra - (Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven), Moscow Virtuosi (Mozart, Tchaikovsky), Tallin Chamber Orchestra (Dohnanyi, Britten), Slovakian Philarmonic of Bratislava (Beethoven, Rachmaninov), Slovenian Philarmonic of Ljubljana (Adams, Corigliano, Rachmaninov) and will have Peter Coyote as a narrator in Copland’ Lincoln Portrait & Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the orchestra in Napa Valley as well. 

Last season’s highlights included a return appearance at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Enescu Caprice Romaine), at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Beethoven); chamber music concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall (Bach); play/direct engagements with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists with Yuri Bashmet in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow (Bach & Pärt).

Sitkovetsky has built a flourishing career as a conductor. From 1996–2001, he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra and then appointed Conductor Laureate, and from 2002–2005 held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian State Orchestra. From 2006–2009, he was the Artist-in-Residence at the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Spain). Sitkovetsky is the founding director of the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra (NES CO) established in 1990 which is comprised of distinguished string players from Eastern & Western Europe. Since his successful transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string trio and string orchestra, he has transcribed more than 50 works mostly for strings by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnanyi, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Schnittke. He has been a member of ASCAP since 1985 and his transcriptions are published by Doblinger, Sikorski and Schirmer. His latest transcription commission was by the Verbier Festival for the 20th Anniversary Gala in July 2013 where it was performed by such artists as Frost, Pletniov, Wang, Trifonov, Ax, Pressler, Bashmet, Kavakos, Frang, Capucon among many others.
Sitkovetsky was the Artistic Director of a number of festivals including the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland (1983-1993 and 2002), Seattle International Music Festival (1992-1997), The Silk Route of Music Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan (1999) and has worked with a diverse range of artists such as Argerich, Ashkenazy, Bashmet, Davidovich, Harrell, Kissin, Maisky, Ohlsson, Penderecki, Repin, Schnittke and Shchedrin. From 2003-2006 Sitkovetsky was a co-music director of the Festival del Sole in Cortona where his NES CO was an orchestra-in-residence and performed with such artists as Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Marcelo Alvarez, Bobby McFerrin, Evelyn Glennie, Denis Matsuev,  Sir Antonio Pappano & many others. 


Dmitry Sitkovetsky has an active and varied recording career with an extensive discography which includes all the major violin concerti, numerous chamber music works as well as orchestral recordings that he’s conducted. In 2010, Hänssler Classic released a boxed set of the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas with Antonio Pappano and Konstantin Lifschitz. On the Concertgebouw Live label, there was a release of Dutilleux’s L'Arbre des Songes with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons. Recently, Nimbus Alliance released a newly recorded version of the Bach’s Goldberg Variations and 15 Sinfonias for string trio to great critical acclaim. 


Sitkovetsky shows a keen interest in performing contemporary repertoire - he premiered the violin concerti written for him by John Casken (1995) and Krzystof Meyer (2000) and often performs works by Dutilleux, Penderecki, Schnittke, Pärt and Rodion Shchedrin, who has written several works for Sitkovetsky both as violinist and conductor. In September 2012 he conducted the premiere of Jakov Jakoulov’s Concerto for clarinet & harp in Greensboro, NC as part of the UNCG New Music Festival & GSO Chamber Music series “Sitkovetsky & friends”. In May 2014 Sitkovetsky gave the world premiere of the violin concerto written for him by Nimrod Borenstein. The latest premiere for Dmitry’s 60th birthday is the work of Mark Engebretson for soprano, solo violin & strings which will be part of “DIMA-60!” Extravaganza held in Greensboro on Sep.28th 2014 with Julia Sitkovetsky singing the soprano part.
In the last 18 months Sitkovetsky added another string of artistic accomplishments to his bow – he became a TV presenter in the program called “Visiting with Dmitry Sitkovetsky” commissioned by the Russian Kultura Channel. The first four programs went on the air in June 2014 with great public & critical acclaim: Evgeny Kissin, Barbara Hendrichs, Mischa Maisky, Bella Davidovich. The further programs will include Sir Neville Marriner, Leonidas Kavakos, Yefim Bronfman, Gary Graffman, Alexander Antonenko & Sir Antonio Pappano. 
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Dmitry Sitkovetsky grew up in Moscow studying at the Moscow Conservatory and after his emigration in 1977, at the Juilliard School in New York. Since 1987 he has resided in London with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Julia.  Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: dimasitko.

Season: 2014/15

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"Dmitry Sitkovetsky played the work for all it is worth, which is a great deal, despite its relative rarity in the concert repertoire. Intensity and precision constituted a potent pair of qualities, which, allied with his finely focused tone, resulted in a totally convincing and indeed moving musical experience."

www.seenandheard-international.com

"Sitkovetsky excelled with Shostakovich, likening a cadenza's notes and silences to an actor's measured speech"

The New Zealand Herald

"These transcriptions by Dmitry Sitkovetsky are clearly effective, and were given a Rolls-Royce rendition."

Kings Place, Joanne Talbot

"This arrangement by Sitkovetsky not only proved idiomatic with imaginative touches, but again received impressive detail and flawless ensemble."

Kings Place, Joanne Talbot

"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, and performed with authority and passion. 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

"The violin’s voice is beautiful, the faithful viola is always at the surface, and the cello provides a solid, affluent foundation [Goldberg Variations]. Often the sound has orchestral weight and fullness. The arranger applies pizzicato and other effects wisely and effectively; everything is stylish and never crosses the line of good taste. The acoustics are very spacious, the sound is palpable and the music seems clad in bright gold - a true celebration! [...] 15 Sinfonias [...], also arranged by Sitkovetsky [...] adds novelty to Bach’s inventiveness and Sitkovetsky’s skill. The arrangement and the performance are on the same level as the Goldbergs, with enthusiastic vigour, expressiveness and depth, [...]. These are little polyphonic gems, and in the trio’s hands all voices are heard clearly yet do not get separated in the sonic space – a true ensemble effect. The music provides a rainbow of moods, and the performers colour these works differently, finding the right temperature for each. [...] this is music that grabs the attention; every moment is admirable. "

Musicweb International, Oleg Ledeniov

"The trio, also including Sitkovetsky's outstanding Russian compatriot Yuri Zhislin on the viola and the Italian cellist Luigi Piovano, displays admirable technical precision throughout. Well-judged balance between instruments yields much internal clarity. "

The Strad, David Denton

"Dmitry Sitkovetsky shows much skill in the choice of [...] tempo, dynamics, ornaments and articulation. [...] the effortless lyricism of these three superb players is a model for pianists and pupils alike. [...] Thoroughly enjoyable. "

International Piano

"The playing is magnificent. Sitkovetsky, Zhislin und Piovano form a well-balanced trio and the instruments blend perfectly. [They] opt for a full bodied 21st Century sound – the right decision, considering that this is a contemporary adaptation of a baroque work. The lush, luxurious string sound certainly opens up new dimensions for the listener. New voices can be discovered; harmonic modulations, hitherto overheard are now in sharper relief. "

Concertonet.com, Wiebke Kuester

"The new recording, with violist Yuri Zhislin and cellist Luigi Piovano, is spellbinding and beautifully persuasive. "

Glasgow Herald, Michael Tumelty

"Not only is he a professional violinist, as demonstrated in this concert . . . he is an outstanding conductor, a creative programmer."

News & Record

"The quality of the music - Dmitry Sitkovetsky's transcriptions for string trio of Bach's Goldberg Variations and Sinfonias - and the quality of the performances - by Yuri Zhislin, Luigi Piovano and Sitkovetsky himself - are both outstanding."

www.overgrownpath.com

"Sitkovetsky’s arrangement also makes one appreciate what a feat it is to play Bach’s original version. If there is enough going on to fill a whole string orchestra, it is a wonder that it was originally meant for a single player and a single instrument."

The Register Guard

"Sitkovetsky’s conducting was inspired, giving shape to the overlapping and layered textures and making Stravinsky’s rhythmically complex score come alive."

CVNC

"It is not very often that one hears any symphonic concert without a low spot. The Portland Symphony Orchestra, under guest conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky, accomplished that feat Sunday afternoon at Merrill Auditorium, before a larger-than-usual audience […] The conductor's experience as a soloist and chamber music player was evident from the first note of the Overture to Rossini's "The Barber of Seville." The tempo was just right and the precision of entrances was outstanding. Sitkovetsky also is able to bring out individual voices without losing, indeed adding to, the overall effect of the music. The attention to detail was amazing. One instance of many was the tiny appoggiatura on the final chord, which I've never heard anywhere else. The performance transformed the old warhorse into a lively colt. "

The Portland Press Herald

"Auch das Interesse der Bonner...richtet sich erst mal auf den grandiosen Geiger Sitkovetsky, der mit Schuberts (originalem) A-Dur-Rondo D einen glanzvollen Höhepunkt markierte...Sitkovetsky hat daran jedenfalls seinen Ruf als Dirigent bestätigt. Er is kein Armwedler, sondern beschränkt sich aufs Nötige. Das klang alles stark und eindrucksvoll."

Bonner Rundschau

"The biggest gift of the evening, however, came with the 'Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 15' of Benjamin Britten, played by Dmitry Sitkovetsky. Between the soloist's intensely focused sound and Inkinen's control of the brilliant orchestration, one could not hope for a more satisfying performance."

www.sgn.org

"…The account of the Goldberg Variations was the outstanding performance of the evening, testament both to the success of violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky's arrangement for string orchestra and the quality of the Britten Sinfonia's playing. Sitkovetsky's arrangement demands impeccable ensemble, intonation and articulation; these were all delivered in an astonishing performance that preserved the delicate contrapuntal intricacy of Bach's original. The result was musically compelling as well as something of a virtuoso tour de force for the Britten Sinfonia strings"

The Guardian

"The Russian-born musician possesses authority, confidence and indefatigable fingers. He has a sound of single-minded beauty but one that is focused and penetrating. These traits served him well in Britten's First Violin Concerto. This is a work of considerable beauty coupled with dark melancholy. It is astringent and somber. Written when the composer was only in his 20s, on the eve of World War II, the concerto calls for maturity and a mercurial temperament. Those Sitkovetsky possesses to a major degree. He never played the bravura card and gave the work a luminous performance."

www.gatheringnote.org

"He made his violin sing with profound emotion and prodigious technique."

Star Tribune

"Das Orchester der Komischen Oper zeigt wie es geht: Dirigent Dimitry Sitkovetsky hat den Mut, musikalischen Ausdruck auch mal über die Form zu stellen. Das belebt, es beseelt diese Sinfonie: Im ersten Satz, in dem aller Klang frei atmen darf, ebenso wie im Andante, wenn Sitkovetsky die Melancholie fortwährend neu definiert. "

Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin)

"What made the evening special? First, it was the best playing I've ever heard from Sitkovetsky, who is known as a strong, bold, straight-ahead violinist with great technique and musicality. In this recital he was something considerably more: an artist of considerable subtlety who turned one arresting, ear-catching phrase after another. The very attractive program extended from two beloved classical-era standards - Beethoven's Sonata No. 1 in D Major, and Mozart's brief little G Major Sonata (K.501) - to the Ravel Violin Sonata and Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major. With each repertoire shift, Sitkovetsky retooled everything - style, articulations, phrasing, bowing - to make the strongest case for each sonata, with Lifschitz matching him phrase for phrase…. Sitkovetsky's tremendous bow control means that he can achieve just about anything on his instrument."

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