Welcome from Dmitry Sitkovetsky

In 2003, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO) welcomed Dmitry Sitkovetsky, world-renowned violinist and conductor, as its new Music Director. Russian-born Sitkovetsky is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian State Symphony in Moscow and is Conductor Laureate of the Ulster Orchestra.

As violin soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, Dmitry Sitkovetsky's compelling artistry has firmly established him as one of the foremost talents of his generation whose music making speaks eloquently to audiences throughout the world.

His career as a concerto soloist in North America has taken him to the major orchestras of the continent, including New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the orchestras of St. Louis, Toronto, Detroit, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Seattle, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the Ravinia, Hollywood Bowl, Blossom and Mostly Mozart festivals. He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Neville Marriner, Mariss Janssons, Yuri Temirkanov and Michael Tilson-Thomas.

As one of the most sought-after violinists in Europe, Mr. Sitkovetsky is a frequent guest with the major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestra de Paris, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Recitals have taken him to Vienna, London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam, Prague, Zurich and Rome. In addition, he has performed at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier and Lucerne festivals and many times at the Proms in London.

Increasingly in demand as a conductor, Mr. Sitkovetsky has appeared on the podium in both Europe and the United States including with the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber orchestras, Detroit Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Munich and Stuttgart Chamber orchestras, Academia di Santa Caecilia, Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Leipzig and Hanover radio orchestras and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

An extremely active chamber musician, Mr. Sitkovetsky was Artistic Director of the Seattle International Music Festival from 1992-1997. He founded and served for ten years as the Artistic Director of the Korsholm Festival in Finland. At this festival, he created the New European Strings, a chamber orchestra comprised of Soviet and European musicians with which he has toured throughout Europe. Mr. Sitkovetsky's transcription for string orchestra of Bach's Goldberg Variations was recorded by the New European Strings for Nonesuch Records and was released to tremendous critical acclaim in the summer of 1995. In February of 1997, they made their first United States tour performing in 14 cities from Los Angeles to New York. Mr. Sitkovetsky has received accolades for more than 25 of his handwritten transcriptions of classic chamber and keyboard literature.

A prolific recording artist, Mr. Sitkovetsky has made more than 40 recordings to date. As a conductor, he has recorded with the New European Strings, the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. As a violin soloist he has recorded the violin concerti of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Elgar, Bartok, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. His chamber music recordings comprise works by Brahms, Grieg, Ravel, and Prokofiev and his string trio transcription of the Bach Goldberg Variations. Recent releases include the Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius concertos with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for Hanssler Classics, as well as Mr. Sitkovetsky's most recent transcriptions for string orchestra of the Brahms Sextet No. 2, Op. 36 and Dohnanyi Serenade, Op. 10 with the New European Strings for Nonesuch Records which received early critical acclaim. Recently, Mr. Sitkovetsky embarked on a multi-record project with the Ulster Orchestra for BMG/Conifer/Classic FM conducting symphonies of Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Bizet. Their first disc of Mendelssohn symphonies was released to great critical acclaim. Another recording with the Ulster Orchestra and Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin of Bernstein's Second Symphony "Age of Anxiety" and William Bolcom's Piano Concerto has just been released on Hyperion Records.

Dmitry ("Dima") Sitkovetsky was born in Baku, U.S.S.R., in 1954 to a family of eminent musicians. His late father, Julian, was one of Russia's foremost violinists. Mr. Sitkovetsky's mother and frequent musical collaborator is the distinguished pianist Bella Davidovich. He received his early musical training at the Central Music School in Moscow and the Moscow Conservatory. In 1977, at the age of 22, he was granted permission to leave the Soviet Union and enrolled at the Juilliard School where he studied with Ivan Galamian. In 1979, Mr. Sitkovetsky was awarded first prize at the Kreisler Competition in Vienna; four years later, he was the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In December, 1988, he had the distinction of being the first Soviet emigre violinist since World War II to be invited to perform in the Soviet Union. Mr. Sitkovetsky is married to the American soprano, Susan Roberts, and they have one daughter, Julia.