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Sitkovetsky Trio

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ICA is delighted to welcome the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio to its artist roster

ICA is delighted to welcome the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio to its artist roster

ICA is delighted to welcome the Sitkovetsky Trio to its artist roster for worldwide general management Formed in 2007, Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Wu Qian (piano) have this season been joined by German-Korean cellist Isang Enders to continue their journey of successful appearances, ones which have already brought the ensemble much critical acclaim and numerous ...

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The Sitkovetsky Trio has established itself as an exceptional piano trio of today, with sensational performances in the foremost concert halls around the world. Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Wu Qian (piano) have this season been joined by German-Korean cellist Isang Enders to continue their journey of successful appearances. Their thoughtful and committed approach have brought to the ensemble critical acclaim and invitations to top concert halls around the world, such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Palais des Beaux Arts, Musée du Louvre, l’Auditori Barcelona, Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center New York to name but a few.

In the previous seasons, the trio have performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Munich Symphony and the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau. Highlights also include performances at the Festivals of Music@Menlo in California and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, as well as at the Bergen, Rheingau and Cheltenham Music Festivals. In addition, they have embarked on numerous tours, including a tour of the USA in 2015 with concerts in San Francisco and Washington DC, a China tour with performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, while recently they completed their second successful tour of Australia with Musica Viva, receiving numerous glowing reviews.

Highlights of the 2017/2018 season include the trio’s debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s triple concerto, an invitation at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a return to the Wigmore Hall and Cheltenham Festival, concerts at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, as well as extensive tours of Latin America and Asia.

First prize-winners of the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award, the trio is also a recipient of the NORDMETALL Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival and the Philharmonia-Martin Chamber Music Award. They have been supported by the Hattori Foundation, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Fidelio Trust and the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation. Moreover, they are recipients of the Golubovich Fellowship, the Richard Cairnes Junior Fellowship for Chamber Music at Trinity Laban College of Music, a Royal Northern College of Music Fellowship and held a Junior Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music from 2008 to 2010.

They have released their first recording for BIS Records in 2014 including works by Smetana, Suk and Dvořák to much critical acclaim. This led to further releases of works by Brahms and Schubert on the Wigmore Live Label and another recording for BIS of Mendelssohn Trios in 2015. In 2018 they will record their third disc for BIS; Beethoven’s Trios Op.1 and Op.70, and Allegretto in B-flat major for Piano Trio WoO 39.

Reviews

The Sitkovetsky Trio play not just in three individual parts but, more importantly, in three dimensions... Architectural shape and overriding purpose prevailed, the very last notes being delivered with as much edge-of-the-seat importance as the first. This was the real deal. [Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1, Op.49]
- The Australian
, 2017
These three artists – all in their early 30s – have fused rapidly into an exemplary piano trio, working through a demanding program with excellent fluency and solid collegiality of attack, phrase-shaping and insight.
- Sydney Morning Herald
, 2017
The first half’s melodramatic serving of tragedy and visceral protest, Russian-style, was a stunner. There were no boring drifts. No throwaway segments in which thoughts can wander and dreams unfold. The Sitkovetsky don’t let their listeners off the hook. And their zest for high drama resonates in unusually prolonged endings... Deeply rewarding, the recital brimmed with infectious sincerity, wild energy and impressive unity.
- Limelight Magazine
, 2017
Wu Qian’s playing was full of colour and power – she isn’t afraid to stand out boldly when the music calls for it. I haven’t heard a better performance of this work [Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2]
- Adelaide Now
, 2017
The Trio Sitkovetsky’s playing displays colour, liveliness and a strong feel for Mendelssohn’s voice. It has all the ‘fire and vivacity, the flow in a word the mastery’ that Ferdinand Hiller described after hearing the premiere in 1840. Wu Qian dazzles but never blinds and her seemingly easy-virtuosity is well matched by violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky. There is always the sense of three individuals listening to one another to create a satisfying whole.
- BBC Music Magazine (4 stars)
 (CD Recording BIS Records: MENDELSSOHN Piano Trios)
, 2015
The pianist in the Andante [of the D minor Trio] sets up a good tempo, with an apt balance between eloquence and simplicity. In the C minor Trio, they dispatch the scherzo with great spirit and are particularly compelling in the finale, with a palpable sense of elation at the switch to the major in the closing minutes.
- Gramophone
, 2015
Secret weapon of the UK based Piano Trio is called Wu Qian. Under the hands of this Chinese pianist the Steinway turns into an X-ray device that displays each and every grain.
- Volkskrant
, 2015
These are three instrumentalists at the top of their game, who blend well and play with a sense of shared purpose. Tempi, phrasing and dynamics all seem comfortable and right and couldn't be bettered.
- Music Web International
, 2015
One of Mendelssohn’s own watercolours of the Amalfi coast is on the cover of the Sitkovetsky Trio’s recording, all honeyed village walls and turquoise sea; a similar sense of heat and spaciousness comes across in their performance of his two piano trios [….] The slow movement of No 1 is full of long phrases and sweet violin tone, and the finale rounds things off with a fine balance of breadth and playfulness.
- The Guardian (4 stars)
, 2015
The dexterous Sitkovetsky Trio niftily invert Mendelssohn’s two piano trios in this effervescent recording…one of the joys of this spirited recording is the piano playing of Wu Qian, whose liquid runs and singing melodies do not “show off”…but balance perfectly with the violin and cello in this triangle.
- The Independent on Sunday (4 stars)
, 2015
this new recording certainly caught my attention…the drama and excitement instilled into the outer movements really gave these works an added depth… An interesting journey this: one that started with curiosity and reservation, but soon led to revelation. I won’t say “finished” because as I write these concluding words, I am listening to the Sitkovetsky’s playing the scherzo and finale of the first trio, and their thrilling ride is giving me goosebumps.
- DOUBLE RECORDING OF THE MONTH Music Web International
, 2015
The tasteful and elegant drama of the outer movements (of both trios), the elfin dancing Scherzos, the wonderfully rounded Andantes, the whims and fancies, the shimmering, buzzing, uncommonly virtuosic interplay develops its own gravitational pull - and the simultaneous careful treatment of the notes was not about control or "monitoring", but rather added aesthetic value.
- Klassik Heute
, 2015
This trio is captured in full flight at a Wigmore Hall concert, with scintillating playing with which it is hard to take issue… The players turn in a neat performance of Schubert’s Second Piano Trio, its brilliance streaked by moments of darkness and its formal cohesion contrasted with nicely characterised dances, whether elegant or rustic. There’s no let-up in energy in the finale, which bursts with liveliness. These are fine, crystalline performances of which the audience is audibly – and understandably – appreciative.
- The Strad
 (CD Recording Wigmore Live: BRAHMS Piano Trio in C minor Op 101, SCHUBERT Piano Trio in E flat major D929)
, 2015