January 23 & 25, 2014
Thursday - 7:30pm | War Memorial Auditorium
Saturday - 8:00pm | Dana Auditorium
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Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin and conductor
Diamonds in the Rough
Beethoven Violin Concerto op.61 Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin
Sibelius Symphony #5
About the guest artist:
Dmitry Sitkovetsky is an artist whose creativity defies categorising. He has built up an active and successful career as a violinist, conductor, arranger, chamber musician & festival director. Sitkovetsky has performed as a soloist with a number of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of the major London orchestras, NHK, Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has performed at a number of high-profile festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier, Istanbul, Mostly Mozart and Festival del Sole (Napa Valley). In 2003, he was appointed Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, a position he currently holds with great success.
In the 12/13 season, Sitkovetsky’s guest engagements represent his extremely diverse range of activities including concerto performances with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Russian Philharmonic; conducting the Zagreb Radio Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra and return visits to China with the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras; play/direct engagements with the NDR Hannover Orchestra, Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra Moscow, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he will conduct the Lucerne Hochschule and adjudicate on the jury of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Chamber music performances are also wide-ranging with performances last summer including appearances at the Verbier Music Festival, Walled City Music Festival, Gran Canaria Festival, Amiata Piano Festival (Tuscany) and a recital at the Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Later in the season, he performs a recital at the Rome Instituzione Universitaria dei Concerti series (with Roger Vignoles), chamber music in India (Pune and Mumbai), as well as a collection of projects at King’s Place in London – lectures on the art of transcription, a recital of the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas with Mikhail Rudy and a string trio performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and 15 Sinfonias.
Recent engagement highlights included concerto performances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra (Jansons/Britten),Seattle Symphony (Inkinen/Britten), Orchestra of the Opera North (Farnes/Barber) and conducting the Russian State Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, China Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Tonkünstler Orchestra and the Vaasa City Orchestra as part of the Korsholm Music Festival 30th anniversary. Play/directing engagements included the Minnesota Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony.
Sitkovetsky has built a flourishing career as a conductor. From 1996–2001, he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra and then appointed Conductor Laureate, and from 2002–2005 held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian State Orchestra. From 2006–2009, he was the Artist-in-Residence at the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Spain) a position that involved conducting, solo playing, touring, chamber music and masterclasses. Sitkovetsky is the founding director of the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra (NES CO) established in 1990 which is comprised of distinguished string players from Eastern & Western Europe. Since his successful transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string trio and string orchestra, he has transcribed more than 40 works mostly for string orchestra by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnanyi, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Schnittke. He has been a member of ASCAP since 1985 and his transcriptions are published by Doblinger, Sikorski and Schirmer.
Sitkovetsky was the Artistic Director of a number of festivals including the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland (1983-1993 and 2002), Seattle International Music Festival (1992-1997), The Silk Route of Music Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan (1999) and has worked with a diverse range of artists such as Argerich, Ashkenazy, Bashmet, Davidovich, Harrell, Kissin, Maisky, Ohlsson, Penderecki, Repin, Schnittke and Shchedrin. In May 2007, Sitkovetsky was the Artist-in-Residence at the Bodensee Festival in Germany where he performed a wide variety of activities: soloist, conductor, chamber musician, recitalist, masterclasses and conducted the NES Chamber Orchestra in residence.
He has an active and varied recording career with an extensive discography which includes all the major violinconcerti, numerous chamber music works as well as orchestral recordings that he’s conducted. In 2010, Hänssler Classic released a boxed set of the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas with Antonio Pappano and Konstantin Lifschitz. On the Concertgebouw Live label, there was a release of Dutilleux’s L'Arbre des Songes with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons. Recently, Nimbus Alliance released a newly recorded version of the Bach’s Goldberg Variations and 15 Sinfonias for string trio to critical acclaim.
Sitkovetsky shows a keen interest in performing contemporaryrepertoire - he premiered the violin concerti written for him by John Casken (1995) and Krzystof Meyer (2000) and often performs works by Dutilleux, Penderecki, Schnittke, Pärt and Shchedrin, who has written several works for Sitkovetsky both as violinist and conductor. In 2005, he performed two major works by John Corigliano - his Second Symphony and the Red Violin Suite in a play/conduct concert. Sitkovetsky’s latest premiere was The Gifts of the Magi written by Jakov Jakoulov after O’Henry’s famous story and narrated by Peter Coyote with the Greensboro Symphony. He also played a unique solo recital of contemporary music at the Verbier Festival in 2009 with a programme by Schedrin, Vasks, Auerbach and Ali-Zadeh. In September 2012 he will conduct the premiere of Jakov Jakoulov’s Concerto for clarinet & harp in Greensboro, NC as part of the UNCG New Music Festival & GSO Chamber Music series “Sitkovetsky & friends”.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, he grew up in Moscow studying at the Moscow Conservatory and after his emigration in 1977, at the Juilliard School in New York. Since 1987 he has resided in London with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Julia. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: dimasitko.
Learn more about the evening’s music at Preludes. The Prelude on Thursday, January 23 begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of the War Memorial Auditorium. The Prelude on Saturday, January 25 begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Moon Room at Dana Auditorium.
Meet the Artists
Join us after the Thursday evening concert for a brief question and answer session held at the front of the stage with our guest artists and Dima.
WFDD will broadcast this concert on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.