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Alexander Sitkovetsky

Violin

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Alexander Sitkovetsky performs with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Sitkovetsky performs with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Sitkovetsky will collaborate with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in their resident concert hall in Katowice, Poland Under the baton of conductor Alexander Liebreich he will perform Panufnik’s Concerto for Violin The concert will take place on 10 November at 19:30...

Alexander Sitkovetsky joins the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Ensemble Q

Alexander Sitkovetsky joins the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Ensemble Q

Alexander Sitkovetsky joins the Amsterdam Sinfonietta at various venues throughout the Netherlands He is play directing works by Kurtág, Telemann, Vivaldi, Mustonen and Dohnányi in a programme titled “The Call of the Violins” He is then joined by violinists Maria Milstein, Rosanne Philippens and Jacobien Rozemond on 11 October for violin concertos by Telemann, Vivaldi and ...

Biography

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with a well-established musical tradition. His concerto debut came at the age of eight, and in the same year he 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, Bartók Duos at St James’ Palace, and performing the Mendelssohn concerto under Menuhin’s baton.

Highlights include performances with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin,  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, New York Chamber Players, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic, Wrocław Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and Orquesta Filarmónica de Bolivia.

Alexander is a regular guest soloist in nationwide tours of the UK, including tours with the Brussels Philharmonic and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. He has toured the length and breadth of Australia as guest director with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and performed a six-date series of sold-out concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.

Highlights this season include engagements with the Arctic Symphony Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and a return to Camerata Salzburg.

His critically acclaimed CPO recording of Andrzej Panufnik’s Violin Concerto with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin commemorating the composer’s 100th birthday won the 2015 ICMA Special Achievement Award.

Alexander has been awarded 1st prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition alongside pianist Wu Qian, with whom he subsequently embarked on a twenty-concert tour in Italy as well as a recital at the Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the prestigious ‘Chamber Music Society Two’ programme at the Lincoln Center, and in 2016 received the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.

Alexander is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, with whom he has won various prizes including the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize. The trio has performed all over the UK and Europe including Alte Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall. They have recently completed a second successful tour of Australia to much critical acclaim. Alexander has also played in a String Quartet project with Julia Fischer since 2012, meeting once a year to perform in some of Europe’s most prestigious venues.

Alexander has shared the stage with Julia Fischer, Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Chaushian, Mischa Maisky, Natalie Clein, Éric Le Sage, Polina Leschenko, Julian Rachlin, Boris Brovtsyn, and many others. He also performs regularly with the Razumovsky Ensemble and the Ensemble RARO.

Reviews

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
, 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.
- Bachtrack
 (David Karlin)
, 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.
- Seen & Heard
 (Claire Seymour)
, 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.
- Suddeutsche Zeitung
 (Rita Argauer)
, 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.
- Isthmus
 (John W Barker)
, 2016
[Sitkovetsky's] tone in the second movement was a wonder, with finely shaded dynamic levels.
- New York Classical Review
 (Bruce Hodges)
, 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.
- The Classical Reviewer
 (Bruce Reader)
, 2016
Alexander Sitkovetsky was sublime, coaxing note after awe-inspiring note from his violin and proving his very real talent.
- 365Bristol
 (Sarah-Jane Howard)
, 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.
- Papiruszportal.hu
 (Szabo Ildiko)
, 2015
Sitkovetsky astonishes with his dazzling playing in the duos.
- Fanfare
 (Jerry Dubins)
, 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.
- On the Wight
 (Jonathan Dodd)
, 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.
- The Scotsman
 (Ken Walton)
, 2015