Dmitry Sitkovetsky

“The orchestra of the Komische Oper 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… Read more »

“The orchestra of the Komische Oper 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)

A  renaissance  man  and  a  magnetic  creative  force,  Dmitry  Sitkovetsky  has  made  a  considerable   impact  on  every aspect  of  musical  life  and  has  been  successful  as  a  performer,  creator  and   facilitator  for  over  four  decades.  His enviable  career  as  a  violin  soloist  is  documented  in  several   hundred  recordings  of  all  major  concertos  and  a  wide selection  of  chamber  repertoire.    Among   the  recent  releases  are  the  complete  Mozart  Violin  Sonatas  with  Antonio Pappano  and   Konstantin  Lifschitz  (Hänssler  Classic)  and  Dutilleux’s  L’Arbre  des  Songes  with  the   Concertgebouw Orchestra  and  Mariss  Jansons  (Concertgebouw  Live).         In  October  2016,  Dmitry  Sitkovetsky  will  inaugurate  a  new chamber  music  series  in  New  York   City,  presented  by  the  Aspect  Foundation  for  Music  and  Arts.    The  coming season  will  also   have  a  particular  focus  on  maestro’s  home  town,  starting  with  a  special  concert  celebrating   the 150th  anniversary  of  his  alma  mater,  the  venerable  Moscow  Conservatory.  He  will  return  to   play  the  Beethoven Violin  Concerto  with  the  Tchaikovsky  Symphony  Orchestra  and  Vladimir   Fedoseyev,  the  Berg  Violin  Concerto  with the  Moscow  Symphony  and  Pavel  Kogan,  and  to  play   and  conduct  Yuri  Bashmet’s  New  Russia  orchestra  in  a programme  of  Britten’s  Four  Sea   Interludes,  Bernstein’s  Serenade  for  Violin  and  Orchestra  and  Mendelssohn’s music for   Midsummer  Night’s  Dream.  Mr.  Sitkovetsky  is  also  looking  forward  to  a  month-­‐long  tour  of   Japan,  which  will include  a  residency  at  the  Tokyo  University  of  the  Arts  (Geidai)  and  a   compelling  programme  of  music  by  John Corigliano,  John  Adams,  and  Ottorino  Respighi  with   the  Japan  Century  Orchestra  in  Osaka.  A  collaboration  with the  musicians  of  Staatskapelle   Dresden  at  the  Shostakovich  Festival  at  Gohrisch,  exploring  and  illuminating  the  art of   transcription,  will  wrap  up  this  extraordinary  season.

Mr.  Sitkovetsky’s  name  is  inextricably  linked  to  the  iconic  Goldberg  Variations,  which  he  has   transcribed  for  a string  orchestra  and  a  string  trio.    This  work  has  taken  on  a  life  of  its  own,   enjoying  regular  performances  and acclaimed  recordings  by  the  world’s  best  musicians.     Inspired  by  its  unqualified  success,  Mr.  Sitkovetsky  went  on to  arrange  over  50  works  by   Haydn,  Beethoven,  Brahms,  Bartók,  Tchaikovsky,  Shostakovich,  Stravinsky,  and Schnittke.  Since   2013,  thousands  have  enjoyed  the  Medici  broadcast  of  his  arrangement  of  the  Chopin   Preludes, commissioned  by  the  Verbier  Festival  for  its  20th  anniversary  and  performed  by  Yuri   Bashmet,  Leonidas  Kavakos,  Gauthier  Capuçon,  and  other  stars.  Earlier  this  season,  Mr.   Sitkovetsky  unveiled  his  transcription  of  Stravinsky’s  Le  baiser  de  la  Fee,  which  was   commissioned  by  the  Orpheus  Chamber  Orchestra  and  premiered  by  Augustin  Hadelich  at   Carnegie  Hall,  effectively  adding  a  new  violin  concerto  to  Stravinsky’s  legacy.

Driven  by  desire  to  share  the  fascination  of  music  and  musicians  with  the  widest  possible   audience,  Mr. Sitkovetsky  created  a  compelling  series  of  11  episodes  for  Russian  national  TV   (Kultura)  profiling  the  world’s  most  extraordinary  musicians:  Evgeny  Kissin,  Barbara  Hendricks,   Mischa  Maisky,  Bella  Davidovich,  Sir  Neville  Marriner,  Yefim  Bronfman,  Gary  Graffman,  Sir   Antonio  Pappano,  and  others.    Addressing  them  as  a  life-­‐long  friend  and  a  musical   collaborator,  Mr.  Sitkovetsky  achieved  unprecedented  candour  and  intimacy  in  these   conversations.  The  series  has  been  picked  up  by  Medici.tv  for  worldwide  streaming,  and  plans   are  underway  for  international  TV  distribution.     The  same  agenda  of  returning  classical  music  into  the  realm  of  cultural  relevance  is  at  the   heart  of  Mr.  Sitkovetsky’s  collaborations  with  star  dancers,  writers,  and  actors,  including  his   work  with  the  multiple  EmmyÒ  winner  Peter  Coyote  on  Copland’  Lincoln  Portrait,  Britten’s   Young  Person’s  Guide  to  the  Orchestra  and  Grieg’s  Peer  Gynt.

As  a  conductor,  Mr.  Sitkovetsky  has  held  artistic  leadership  positions  with  the  Ulster  Orchestra,   the  Russian  State  Orchestra,  and  Orquesta  Sinfonica  de  Castilla  y  Leon.  In  1990,  he  founded   the  New  European  Strings  orchestra  (NES),  bringing  together  the  most  distinguished  string   players  from  the  top  European  ensembles  for  special  touring  and  recording  projects,  most   recently  at  the  Enescu  Festival.  As  a  guest  conductor,  Mr.  Sitkovetsky  recently  collaborated   with  San  Francisco  Symphony,  Minnesota  Orchestra,  London  and  Royal  philharmonic   orchestras,  NDR  Hannover,  Ensemble  Orchestral  de  Paris,  Moscow  Philharmonic,  Tokyo   Metropolitan  Orchestra,  China Philharmonic,  Shanghai  Symphony,  among  others.  He  is  looking   forward  to  his  14th  season  as  the  Music  Director of  the  Greensboro  Symphony  Orchestra  in   North  Carolina,  where  he  has  served  as  an  artistic  catalyst  for  the creation  of  Tanger  Arts   Center,  designed  to  become  the  orchestra’s  new  home.         Given  his  unique  ability  to  turn any  project  into  an  extraordinary  and  highly  anticipated  artistic   event,  Mr.  Sitkovetsky  has  been  invited  to  create, develop  and  lead  a  number  of  festivals   throughout  his  career,  most  notably  the  Korsholm  Music  Festival  in Finland  in  the  1980’s,  the   Seattle  International  Music  Festival  and  the  Silk  Route  of  Music  Festival  in  Baku  in  the 1990’s,   as  well  as  the  Festival  del  Sole  in  Tuscany,  where  his  NES  orchestra  was  in  residence  from  2003   to  2006.

Since  the  vitality  of  classical  music  relies  on  the  immediate  and  active  connection  between  the   composer  and  the performer,  Mr.  Sitkovetsky  has  cultivated  strong  partnerships  with  people   like  Dutilleux,  Penderecki,  Schnittke,  Pärt, and  Rodion  Shchedrin,  who  has  written  several   works  for  him  as  conductor  and  violinist.  His  repertoire  includes concertos  composed  for  him   by  John  Casken,  Krzystof  Meyer,  Nimrod  Borenstein,  and  Jakov  Jakoulov.


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