Violin

Alexander Sitkovetsky


Alexander Sitkovetsky was born into a family with an established musical tradition. He made his concerto debut at the age of eight and went on to study with the late Yehudi Menuhin. He has recently performed with the Netherlands Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, and Australian Chamber Orchestra among others.

Highlights of this current season have included engagements with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Camerata Salzburg, Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and recitals at the Phillips Collection, Washington and the Lincoln Center, New York.

Alexander is also a founder member of the internationally acclaimed Sitkovetsky Trio.

ICA is delighted to welcome Alexander Sitkovetsky to its artist roster

14 Jul 2017

ICA is delighted to welcome Alexander Sitkovetsky to its artist roster for worldwide general management. A frequent guest soloist with worldwide orchestras, Alexander is also a recipient of the...

“Mr. Sitkovetsky and Ms. Qian brought out all of the folksy dance-like rhythms. It is always a good sign when everyone in the audience seems to be tapping their feet or bobbing their head. The back and forth between the instruments was lovely, as was watching their shadows move on the back of the hall. They brought Grieg's colors to life, making every phrase ring. To hear such lush music in a small space was a treat.”

Scoresby - Oberon's Grove - Apr 2017

“Sitkovetsky was at his best in the faster passages, producing plenty of attack and retaining perfect control and articulation. The harmonics in the cadenza were exceptional, as was the acceleration towards the end of the movement and then the fast, light touch phrases in the finale. … Sitkovetsky treated us to all the grace and spaciousness that I could have wished for.”

David Karlin - Bachtrack - Mar 2017

“Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, like his accompanists, displayed an admirable technical facility and to this he added an incredibly clear sound blessed with a lovely silky sheen.  Once more like the Tonkünstler, Sitkovetsky’s power and projection were striking – I don’t think I’ve ever heard the harmonics in the first movement cadenza ring so loud, full and true.”

Claire Seymour - Seen & Heard - Mar 2017

“....and that’s just exactly where a mischief breaks though, the same way that Liebreich had previously hinted at in the miniatures "Arbor Cosmica". The Russian-British soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky picks that up with a heightened and always keenly direct sound, especially in the third movement where the wild position changes of the solo part soar above the jocular hurricane of pizzicato of the orchestra –a  final clear chord sounding the end of the storm.   Liebreich beams, the orchestra smiles, and the audience is rapturous.”

Rita Argauer - Suddeutsche Zeitung - Jun 2016

“Alexander Sitkovetsky soloist made an unimpeachable case for the full concerto’s integrity. He handled the solo part with dashing brilliance as well as warmth. It’s always impressive to see a soloist who is really involved in the orchestral role as well his own — an earnest musician committed to the total work he was performing.”

John W Barker - Isthmus - Mar 2016

“[Sitkovetsky's] tone in the second movement was a wonder, with finely shaded dynamic levels.”

Bruce Hodges - New York Classical Review - Mar 2016

“Sitkovetsky brought great control of dynamics, a fine rubato and a powerful edge to his lovely tone with some wonderfully fleet passages as well as a beautifully shaped cadenza with moments of fine purity.  ”

Bruce Reader - The Classical Reviewer - Feb 2016

“Alexander Sitkovetsky was sublime, coaxing note after awe-inspiring note from his violin and proving his very real talent.”

Sarah-Jane Howard - 365Bristol - Jan 2016

“An incredible performance of Brahms C minor piano quartet closed the programme; the instruments kept a perfect balance with all artists notching up the volume at the right moments to bring alive Brahms' oscillating piece.”

Szabo Ildiko - Papiruszportal.hu - Dec 2015

“Sitkovetsky astonishes with his dazzling playing in the duos.”

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - Dec 2015

“"Right from the start, Mr Sitkovetsky was inspired. His playing soared above the orchestra with a skill and clarity that was truly beautiful, and his total engagement with the music and the performance shone out. (..) He received a well-deserved standing ovation. I look forward to his next visit."  ”

Jonathan Dodd - On the Wight - Nov 2015

“" (..) Halvorsen's virtuoso reworking of a Handel Passacaglia (..) was brilliantly played, Sitkovetsky and Rysanov both completly on fire as they imbued this Paganini-esque showpiece with split-second timing, quirky spontaneity, and raw, rustic humour"  ”

Ken Walton - The Scotsman - Jul 2015

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Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with an established musical tradition. His concerto debut came at the age of eight and the same year moved to the UK to study at the Menuhin School. Lord Menuhin was his inspiration throughout his school years and they performed together on several occasions including the Bach Double Concerto, Bartok Duos at St James’ Palace, and when Alexander played the Mendelssohn concerto under Menuhin’s baton. 

He has gone on to perform with the Netherlands Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, St Petersburg Symphony, Moscow Symphony, Welsh National Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra among many others. 

In recent seasons Alexander made his debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Riga Sinfonietta, Poznan Philharmonic and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bolivia. He was guest soloist in two nationwide tours of the UK with the Brussels Philharmonic and the St Petersburg Symphony and also toured the length and breadth of Australia as guest director with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He performed a six-date series of sold-out concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Highlights of the current season include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Wrocław Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, the National Polish Radio Symphony, and Camerata Salzburg.

His recording for CPO of Andrzej Panufnik's Violin Concerto with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin to commemorate the composer's 100th birthday has been critically acclaimed and won the an ICMA Special Achievement Award.

In 2011, Alexander was awarded the 1st prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition with the pianist Wu Qian, with whom he subsequently embarked on a twenty-concert tour in Italy as well as gave a recital at the Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. He is also a member of the prestigious ‘Chamber Music Society Two’ program at the Lincoln Centre in New York.

Alexander is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, with whom he has won various prizes including the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize.  Since 2012, Alexander has also played in a String Quartet project with Julia Fischer, meeting once a year to perform in some of Europe's most prestigious venues.

Alexander also frequently shares the stage with Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Chaushian, Misha Maisky, Natalie Clein, Eric Le Sage, Polina Leschenko, Julian Rachlin, Boris Brovtsyn, and many others. He also performs regularly with the Razumovsky Ensemble and the Ensemble RARO.

July 2017