About Dmitry Sitkovetsky
The Russian violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky has established himself among the top artists of his generation. A sought-after recitalist and orchestral soloist throughout the world, he has also ventured into the realm of conducting and arranging, with much success. As a violinist, Sitkovetsky has worked with prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestras. He has performed at the Salzburg Festival as well as the Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier, Ravinia and Mostly Mozart festivals. Sitkovetsky has recorded all of the major violin works, and is a committed chamber musician and recitalist who maintains a high profile throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East.
Over the past few years, Dmitry Sitkovetsky has developed a flourishing conducting career. He is Principle Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra, with whom he has toured extensively to cities including Madrid, Amsterdam, Munich, Stuttgart, and to Hong Kong for a 6-concert residency. In May 2000, he will conduct a major UK tour with Lynn Harrell as soloist.
In his continuing work as conductor and arranger, Sitkovetsky founded the NES Chamber Orchestra in 1990, at his Korsholm Festival in Finland. Comprised of distinguished string players from East and West, Sitkovetsky has produced more than twenty-five string transcriptions for the ensemble, with whom he has toured extensively throughout Europe. The ensemble has recorded two albums of his transcriptions for the Nonesuch label, including Bach’s Goldberg Variations, released in 1995 to both critical and commercial success. The Chicago Tribune called the recording, “A remarkable achievement…” A recording of Sitkovetsky’s transcriptions of Ernst von Dohnányi’s Serenade in C Major, op. 10 (one of his earliest transcription projects) and the Brahms Sextet no. 2 in G Major, op. 36 was released on Nonesuch in May 2000.
As guest conductor, Sitkovetsky has worked extensively with a number of highly regarded ensembles, including Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, BBC Philharmonic, MDR Leipzig and the NDR Hanover, Academia di Santa Cecilia, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles and St Paul Chamber Orchestras. In the next couple of seasons he will work in the US with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Dallas, Indianapolis and Seattle, plus the New World Symphony in Miami, as well as on an international level with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and many others.
Dmitry Sitkovetsky has been a highly successful festival director over many years, and in 1999/2000 inaugurated the Baku Festival, Azerbaijan, a bi-annual festival in which he appears as conductor and soloist as well as in chamber ensembles with many of his long-standing and distinguished fellow musicians.
In the past few seasons, Dmitry Sitkovetsky has worked with a range of distinguished orchestras and conductors; the Pittsburgh Symphony with Mariss Jansons, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Dutoit, Munich Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Yuri Temirkanov, Bamberg Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich with Marek Janowski, and the London Philharmonic with Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Dmitry Sitkovetsky was born in Baku in 1954 to a musical family. His father Julian, a prize-winning violinist and colleague of Oistrakh and Rostropovich, and his mother, pianist Bella Davidovich, encouraged him to pursue a career in music. In 1977, at age 22, Sitkovetsky was granted permission to leave the Soviet Union and enrolled at the Juilliard School as a student of Ivan Galamian. He was awarded first prize at the Kreisler Competition in Vienna in 1979, and won the Avery Fisher Career Award soon after. In December 1988, he had the distinction of being the first Soviet émigré musician since World War II to be invited to perform in his homeland. Sitkovetsky currently resides in London.
May 9, 2000
Russian-born violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, whose art of transcription was featured on his previous Nonesuch recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for strings, turns his attention to Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi's Serenade in C Major, which underwent a major transformation for chamber orchestra, and Brahms’ String Sextet no. 2 in G Major.