Dmitry Sitkovetsky

dmitry sitkovetsky

A renaissance man and a magnetic creative force, Dmitry Sitkovetsky has had a considerable impact on every aspect of musical life, as a performer, creator and catalyst for over four decades. His achievements as a violin soloist are documented in many recordings of all the major concertos and a wide selection of chamber repertoire. Among these are the Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Bartok, Elgar and Dutilleux’s concerti as well as the complete Bach works for violin solo and the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas among many others.


2017 is a special “Jubilee” Year for Dmitry: 40 years ago he left the Soviet Union for New York and a new life in the West, and his 1717 “ex-Reiffenberg” Stradivarius violin is 300 old this year. His many Moscow appearances – Beethoven Concerto with the Tchaikovsky Symphony orchestra & V.Fedosseyev, Berg Violin Concerto with Moscow Symphony & P.Kogan – culminate in October when he performs the European premiere of his latest transcription of the Stravinsky Divertimento for violin and orchestra plus Tchaikovsky’s Meditation and Violin Concerto with Moscow Conservatory Orchestra in the famed Bolshoi Zal.

Highlights of the Jubilee Year include a month-long tour of Japan conducting four orchestras in Tokyo, Osaka & Yamagata, as well as playing his own string-trio transcriptions at Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan for a 2,000 member audience; a debut TED talk on the Power of Curiosity at Wake Forest University; the launch of his first book, Dmitry Sitkovetsky. Dialogues; European Premiere of Sofia Gubaidullina’s Die Pilger with musicians of the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Shostakovich Festival in
Gohrisch; and the sold-out world premiere of his multimedia performance inspired by Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, featuring live music, street dance, physical theater, poetry, and computer-animation.

The 2017 summer festival season includes collaborations with Evgeny Kissin, Mischa Maisky and Antoine Tamestit at the Verbier Festival, Barry Douglas, Andres Diaz and Philip Cassard at Clandeboye (Ireland), and two chamber orchestra programmes in Ljubljana. In September 2017, Dmitry Sitkovetsky returns to the Enescu Festival with a program of works by the living composers: Rodion Shchedrin, Arvo Part, Iain Bell and George Balint. Later in the autumn, Maestro’s commitment to contemporary repertoire takes him to a very special stage set up in the old coal mine of Zabrze (Poland) for a performance of the Penderecki Duo Concertante and String Trio at the Penderecki Festival.

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Maestro Sitkovetsky’s 15th anniversary season as the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra opens with a world premiere of a digital storytelling experience, which blends film and live orchestral performance in a new concert format designed to engage audiences that are new to classical music. Working closely with filmmaker David Donnelly, whose documentary Maestro has been distributed in 14 countries worldwide, Dmitry Sitkovetsky has created a program that tells the story of Greensboro, North Carolina and the tremendous positive impact that the orchestra has had on its people and their quality of life. This event underscores the beginning of construction for the eagerly awaited Steven Tanger Performing Arts Center, designed to become Greensboro Symphony Orchestra’s new home, for which Maestro has served as an artistic catalyst.

Other highlights of the GSO 17-18 season include a unique collaboration with Chris Brubeck and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet in the program Bach to Brubeck, as well as a program of the great symphonic music by Hollywood composers featuring Cho-Liang Lin playing Lalo Shifrin’s violin concerto Tango Concertantes.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s name has become synonymous with the Art of Transcription. He began with the iconic Goldberg Variations, which he has transcribed for string trio and later for string orchestra. This work has taken on a life of its own, enjoying regular performances and acclaimed recordings by the world’s best musicians. Dmitry went on to arrange over 50 works, including those by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Schnittke. Since 2013, many have enjoyed the Medici broadcast of his arrangement of the Chopin Preludes, commissioned by the Verbier Festival for its 20th anniversary and performed by Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Bashmet, Leonidas Kavakos, Martin Frost, and other stars.
In December 2015, Dmitry 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 concertante piece for violin and orchestra to Stravinsky’s legacy.

Driven by the desire to share the fascination of music and musicians with the widest possible audience, Mr. Sitkovetsky created a compelling series of 11 interviews for Russian national TV (Kultura) profiling some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians: Evgeny Kissin, Barbara Hendricks, Mischa Maisky, Leonidas Kavakos, Bella Davidovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Yefim Bronfman, Gary Graffman, Sir Antonio Pappano, and others. Addressing them as a friend and a musical collaborator, Mr. Sitkovetsky has managed to achieve an unusual 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.

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 has collaborated with the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, NDR Hannover, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Moscow Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony, China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, among others.

During the 2017/18 season, Dmitry Sitkovetsky performs his own arrangement of the Goldberg Variations in Verona, Siena, Florence and throughout Tuscany, in an exciting collaboration with Orchestra della Toscana. His guest conducting engagements also include the Slovenian Philarmonic and Taipei Symphony Orchestra, among others.

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.

Learn more about Maestro Sitkovetsky at www.dmitrysitkovetsky.com