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Dmitry Sitkovetsky was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, but grew up in Moscow. He studied at the conservatory there, emigrated to the USA in 1977 and continued his education at New York's Juilliard School. Since 1987 he has lived in London with his wife Susan and their daughter Julia.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Dmitry Sitkovetsky Promo

Dmitry Sitkovetsky belongs to the rare species of artists who are successful in many fields. As a violinist he works with the world's best orchestras. He has also performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier and Istanbul Festivals, the Georges Enescu Festival and was one of the initiators of the Tuscan Sun Festival, founded in 2003.

During the last few years Sitkovetsky has also built a flourishing career as a conductor. Since 2003, he has been Musical Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra. In March 2006, he became Artist-in-Residence with the Spanish Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon. He is also the founding director of the chamber orchestra New European Strings (NES).

Since Dmitry Sitkovetsky's successful arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations for string trio twenty years ago, he has written further arrangements based on Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnanyi, Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Schnittke - mostly for string orchestra.

Dmitri Sitkovetsky is a busy, versatile studio artist and has an extensive discography that presents him with all the major violin concertos and numerous chamber works, as well as conducting various orchestral works. Sitkovetsky's CDs in recent years reflect his increasing involvement with contemporary composers. He has premiered the violin concertos composed for him by John Casken (1995) and Krzystof Meyer (2000), and he frequently performs music by Dutilleux, Penderecki, Schnittke, Part, Vasks, and Shchedrin, who wrote several works for Sitkovetsky the violinist and conductor.

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