Alexander Sitkovetsky

Violin
Alexander Sitkovetsky

 

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with an established musical tradition and made his concerto debut at the age of eight and the same year came 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, Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, Monterrey Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra among many others. He has shared the stage with Julia Fischer, Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Chaushian, Misha Maisky, Natalie Clein, Bella Davidovich Polina Leschenko, Julian Rachlin and many others.

 

Alexander has recorded for Angel/EMI, Decca, Orfeo, Onyx and Avanti Classics including the Bach Double Concerto with Julia Fischer.

 

Over the last two seasons Alexander has appeared as soloist in the USA, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, France and Germany, as well as festival appearances at the Julia Fischer and Friends Festival, Utrecht Kammermusik Festival, OK Mozart Festival, El Paso Music Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival, the Homecoming Festival in Moscow, the Sonoro Festival in Bucharest and many others in Norway, Japan, England, France and Holland.

 

Last season, Alexander appeared once again with the Netherlands Philharmonic, The Gurzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and Munchen Symphoniker, and had made debuts with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau The Menorca Chamber Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Armenian Philharmonic. Conductors he has worked with have included Sir Mark Elder, Yakov Kreizberg, Denis Russell Davies, Andrew Sewell, George Hanson and Joseph Swensen.

 

This season's plans include a Tour with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the violist Maxim Rysanov, a return to the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, a UK Tour with the Brussels Philharmonic, a tour of Switzerland with the Aargauer Symphony Orchestra including the Tonhalle in Zurich, Concerts with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera and various concerto and chamber music performances across Europe, USA and Asia including his Carnegie Hall recital debut at the Weill Hall.

 

Alexander will also embark on a String Quartet tour with Julia Fischer, Nils Monckemeyer and Benjamin Nyffenegger playing in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe including the Frankfurt Alte Oper and at the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland.

 

In 2011, Alexander was awarded the 1st prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition with the pianist Wu Qian and has also been accepted into the prestigious "Chamber Music Society Two" program at the Lincoln Centre in New York.

 

Alexander is also a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Trio, with which he has performed all over the UK and Europe, including the Beethoven Triple with the Munich Symphoniker and the Orchestra of the Swan. The trio was awarded the prestigious 2009 NORDMETALL-ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival and the 1st prize at the Kommerzbank Trio competition in Frankfurt. It has performed in numerous concert halls and Festivals in the UK and abroad including the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Chamber Hall of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw as well as the Wigmore Hall in London. Future plans include the Beethoven Triple with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin as well as further regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall.

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

 

"You've got to hand it to the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Year in and year out, it manages to attract fabulous musicians to the Capitol Theatre Stage at the Overture Center in Madison.

 

They aren't always the best-known musicians around, but once they play one concert here, they will be generally welcome to return any time.

 

So, it is with Russian-born violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky who thrilled his audience with Beethoven's "Violin Concerto In D Major" Friday night. It is a long piece – "Grace Notes" author Norman Gilliland says the first movement itself is as long as many other entire concertos. The mere act of standing before an audience and playing a violin for the better part of an hour takes a fair amount of stamina.

 

But Sitkovetsky did, providing a virtuoso performance while managing to interact continually with both the orchestra and the audience. The audience responded by leaping to its feet as he concluded the concerto and giving him a prolonged ovation."

William R. Wineke (Chanel 3000)

Performances with Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra

 

 " This masterpiece (Chausson's Poeme) was so much more moving because it benefitted from the talent of Alexander Sitkovetsky, an exceptional artist, who knew how to draw out from his violin both the strongest and most intimate feelings. One was able to hear the guest artist again in the  Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso which Saint-Saens composed for Sarasate . The music is refined, well-ordered and effective in it's  genuine virtuosity and leaves an impression of grace rather than beauty. The instrumentalist had a feast"

J-C.O. (L'Alsace)

 

 

" With the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra directed by the British conductor Julia Jones, Alexander Sitkovetsky brought back to life this fin de siècle ( end of the 19th century) universe, of quivering sensibility and exacerbated aestheticism, a universe of dreams, of tears and of roses. With the sublime Poeme, Ernest Chausson devotes himself to the taste of a very Art Nouveau type of antiqueness. The violinist gave to it a reading of brilliant lyricism, sensitive and communicative, with the support of  an orchestra playing very softly. But it was in the irresistible Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso of Camille Saint -Saens that the young violinist aroused wide enthusiasm. An incandescent bow, a vertiginous left hand, heroic attacks: Sitkovestsky doesn't read he takes the assault; he doesn't play, he sets fire to  this warhorse of the repertoire. Playing which was by turns ardent and dignified in Saint-Saens, dreamy and warm-hearted in Chausson."

Pierre Chevreau (DNA)

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra.

 

"After interval, the audience settled in for the main work: Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. Rysanov at first took up a conductor stance, facing the orchestra, but very soon joined violinist Sitkovetsky in the first of their duet passages. It was interesting to see the two stringed instruments side by side, the viola appearing much larger than the violin, and their sound being so different – as between a soprano and a mezzo.

The performers executed a brilliant cadenza at the end of the first movement, in perfect synch while playing presto. Each of the three movements was rounded off in this way.

The second movement seemed infused with Eastern European ‘soul’ and was also remarkable for the empathy between all players. In particular the dynamics were very well realised (considering that the leader was busy with his own part in the work). This was a well-rehearsed ensemble, showing the benefits of its long association with Rysanov.

The closing movement was pure Mozart, the winds and brass contributing a light but complementary sound to the strings, all at the cracking pace of the presto. The final duet seemed like great fun, with the ensemble going along for the ride. It made for a great finish – and when an encore was demanded, they played the complete final movement again. Needless to say, the concert finished to rousing “bravos” for these very welcome visitors to the Melbourne Festival."

Suzanne Yanko (Artshub.com)

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