Famous works of violin literature
Dmitry Sitkovetsky was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, but initially grew up in Moscow. He studied at the local conservatory, emigrated to the USA in 1977 and continued his education at the Juilliard School in New York. He has lived in London with his wife Susan and their daughter Julia since 1987.
Sitkovetsky belongs to that rare breed of artists who are successful in many fields. As a violinist, he works with the world's best orchestras. He has also appeared at the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier and Istanbul Festivals and the Georges Enescu Festival; he is also one of the initiators of the Tuscan Sun Festival, founded in 2003.
In recent years, Sitkovetsky has also built a flourishing career as a conductor. Since 2003 he has been Music 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 founding director of the chamber orchestra New European Strings (NES).
Since Dmitry Sitkovetsky published a successful arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations for string trio twenty years ago, further arrangements based on Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnanyi, Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Schnittke have been created - mostly for string orchestra.
Dmitri Sitkovetsky is an active, versatile studio artist and has an extensive discography that presents him with all the great violin concertos and numerous chamber music works, as well as conducting various orchestral works. The CDs of recent years reflect Sitkovetsky's increasing engagement with contemporary composers. He 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 Schchedrin, who wrote several works for the violinist and conductor Sitkovetsky wrote.