Dmitry Sitkovetsky

A versatile violinist and conductor, artistic organiser and author of numerous transcriptions of works by various composers, DMITRY SITKOVETSKY has had a remarkable international career. He was born in Baku (Azerbaijan) in 1954 into a musical family. He is the only child of the renowned violinist, Julian Sitkovetsky, and his mother was the acclaimed pianist, Bella Davidovich. His father died when he was just three and a half. The musician says that his father was the reason he became a violinist. Although he never had the chance to collaborate with him as he did with his mother, he was greatly influenced by his recordings.

Sitkovetsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory until 1977. At the age of 22, he immigrated to the United States and continued his education at Juilliard School. In 1979 he won the first prize in Vienna’s Kreisler Competition and this was to be just the first of a long list of prestigious awards and achievements for the young musician.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky is considered a Renaissance man and a magnetic creative force.

As a violinist and/or guest conductor, he has been active in Europe and North America during the recent 2022/2023 season. He performs chamber music at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival and conducts the Israel Jerusalem Camerata. He performs at the Guadalajara Chamber Music Festival and conducts the National Orchestra of Mexico. He has performed in Berlin, Mexico City, Bucharest, Havana, Istanbul, Baku and Sofia. In the summer of 2023, he appeared in the 30th anniversary season of the Verbier Festival as a guest conductor.

As a conductor Sitkovetsky worked with dozens of major orchestras. In 1990, he founded the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra (NES) – bringing together the most distinguished string players from the finest Russian and Western European ensembles. Since 2003, he has been music director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina. Over the past two decades, he has performed more than 120 different orchestral programs from Bach to Brubeck with world-class soloists. Among his many accomplishments is the Rice Toyota Presents “Sitkovetsky & Friends” chamber series. Previously, he led the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra in Valladolid, Spain (resident conductor, 2006-2009), the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” (principal guest conductor, 2002-2005), and the Ulster Orchestra, Ireland (principal conductor and artistic advisor, 1996-2001).

In 2019 Sitkovetsky released a CD on the Melodia label with a recording of his recital with the winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, the Russian-Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas, with a program created in tribute to the legendary duo Fritz Kreisler and Sergei Rachmaninoff. His illustrious career as a violinist is documented in an extensive discography of more than 40 recordings, reflecting the impressive breadth of his repertoire. His recording collaborators to date include orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with such legendary names as Sir Colin Davis, Mariss Jansson, Sir Neville Marriner and Yehudi Menuhin. As a soloist, he has performed with the world’s leading orchestras – including the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra, among others.

Given his unparalleled ability to turn any project into a highly anticipated artistic event, Sitkovetsky has been invited to create, develop and direct a number of festivals, including the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland (1983-1993 and 2002), the Seattle International Music Festival (1992-1997), the Silk Road Music Festival in Azerbaijan (1999) and the Festival del Sole in Tuscany (2003-2006). During his tenure at the Korsholm Festival, he hosted Alfred Schnittke, Krszystoff Penderecki & Rodion Shchedrin as composer-in-residence, performed with such prominent musicians as Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Evgeny Kissin, Mischa Maisky to name but a few.

Sitkovetsky is also in high demand as a jury member, musical expert and educator. Recent jury roles have included the Enescu Violin Competition in Romania and Fritz Kreisler in Austria, the International Musical Competition in Montreal, Canada, International competition in Indianopolis and Montreal,t International Tchaikovsky Competition.

In Sitkovetsky’s debut TEDx talk, “The Most Essential Kind of Curiosity,” the musician explains how classical music and composition are a reflection of the human experience. He presented his first book, Dmitry Sitkovetsky: Dialogues, and participated in a series of interviews on Medici.tv and It Ain’t Necessarily So.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s name has become synonymous with the art of transcription. His iconic orchestral and string trio versions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations are regularly performed and recorded by leading contemporary artists. He has arranged over 660 works by composers such as Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Schnittke, and Shostakovich, etc.

 

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