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Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Dmitry Sitkovetsky

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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. Prolific recording artist, with a career spanning more than four decades, he is celebrated globally as a violinist, conductor, creator, transcriber, facilitator, and holds an undisputed and venerable position in musical society as a giant personality and educator.

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, Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, under the baton of 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 flourishing career as a conductor, having worked with such orchestras as Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Dallas Symphony, London Philharmonic, Paris Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestras, 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. Since 2003, Sitkovetsky has served as the music director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina, to which he has brought such soloists as Emmanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Garrick Ohlsson, and Pinchas Zukerman. Previous positions of artistic leadership have included the Castile and León Symphony Orchestra (artist in residence, 2006-2009), the Ulster Orchestra (principal conductor and artistic advisor, 1996-2001), and others.

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 in Finland (1983-1993, and 2002), the Seattle International Music Festival (1992-1997), the Silk Route of Music in Azerbaijan (1999), and the Festival del Sole in Tuscany (2003-2006). 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), International Montréal Music Competition (2019), XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition (2019), and the Enescu Violin Competition (2020).

Additional highlights include Sitkovetsky’s debut as TEDx speaker (The Power of Curiosity), the launch of his first book (Dialogues), and his interview series on Medici.tv (It Ain’t Necessarily So).

Dmitry Sitkovetsky name has also become synonymous with the art of transcription. His iconic orchestral and string trio versions of J. S. Bach 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. Summer of 2018 witnessed the world premiere of Sitkovetsky’s transcription of P. de Sarasate Navarra Fantasy, commissioned by the Verbier Festival. This performance - marking 25th anniversary of the festival - was broadcast live on Medici.tv, with an all-star lineup 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.

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