Verbier Festival
Dmitry Sitkovetsky

A renaissance man and a magnetic creative force, Dmitry Sitkovetsky has made a considerable impact on every aspect of musical life and has been successful as a performer, creator and facilitator for over four decades. His enviable career as a violin soloist is documented in several hundred recordings of all major concertos and a wide selection of chamber repertoire. Among the recent releases are the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas with Antonio Pappano and Konstantin Lifschitz (Hänssler Classic) and Dutilleux’s L’Arbre des Songes with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons (Concertgebouw Live).

In October 2016, Dmitry Sitkovetsky will inaugurate a new chamber music series in New York City, presented by the Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts. The coming season will also have a particular focus on maestro’s home town, starting with a special concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of his alma mater, the venerable Moscow Conservatory. He will return to play the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev, the Berg Violin Concerto with the Moscow Symphony and Pavel Kogan, and to play and conduct Yuri Bashmet’s New Russia orchestra in a programme of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin and Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s music for Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mr. Sitkovetsky is also looking forward to a month-­‐long tour of Japan, which will include a residency at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) and a compelling programme of music by John Corigliano, John Adams, and Ottorino Respighi with the Japan Century Orchestra in Osaka. A collaboration with the musicians of Staatskapelle Dresden at the Shostakovich Festival at Gohrisch, exploring and illuminating the art of transcription, will wrap up this extraordinary season.

Mr. Sitkovetsky’s name is inextricably linked to the iconic Goldberg Variations, which he has transcribed for a string orchestra and a string trio. This work has taken on a life of its own, enjoying regular performances and acclaimed recordings by the world’s best musicians. Inspired by its unqualified success, Mr. Sitkovetsky went on to arrange over 50 works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Schnittke. Since 2013, thousands have enjoyed the Medici broadcast of his arrangement of the Chopin Preludes, commissioned by the Verbier Festival for its 20th anniversary and performed by Yuri Bashmet, Leonidas Kavakos, Gauthier Capuçon, and other stars. Earlier this season, Mr. Sitkovetsky unveiled his transcription of Stravinsky’s Le baiser de la Fee, which was commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and premiered by Augustin Hadelich at Carnegie Hall, effectively adding a new violin concerto to Stravinsky’s legacy.

Driven by desire to share the fascination of music and musicians with the widest possible audience, Mr. Sitkovetsky created a compelling series of 11 episodes for Russian national TV (Kultura) profiling the world’s most extraordinary musicians: Evgeny Kissin, Barbara Hendricks, Mischa Maisky, Bella Davidovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Yefim Bronfman, Gary Graffman, Sir Antonio Pappano, and others. Addressing them as a life-­‐long friend and a musical collaborator, Mr. Sitkovetsky achieved unprecedented candour and intimacy in these conversations. The series has been picked up by for worldwide streaming, and plans are underway for international TV distribution.

The same agenda of returning classical music into the realm of cultural relevance is at the heart of Mr. Sitkovetsky’s collaborations with star dancers, writers, and actors, including his work with the multiple EmmyÒÒ winner Peter Coyote on Copland’ Lincoln Portrait, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Grieg’s Peer Gynt.

As a conductor, Mr. Sitkovetsky has held artistic leadership positions with the Ulster Orchestra, the Russian State Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon. In 1990, he founded the New European Strings orchestra (NES), bringing together the most distinguished string players from the top European ensembles for special touring and recording projects, most recently at the Enescu Festival. As a guest conductor, Mr. Sitkovetsky recently collaborated with San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London and Royal philharmonic orchestras, NDR Hannover, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Moscow Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, among others. He is looking forward to his 14th season as the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina, where he has served as an artistic catalyst for the creation of Tanger Arts Center, designed to become the orchestra’s new home.

Given his unique ability to turn any project into an extraordinary and highly anticipated artistic event, Mr. Sitkovetsky has been invited to create, develop and lead a number of festivals throughout his career, most notably the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland in the 1980’s, the Seattle International Music Festival and the Silk Route of Music Festival in Baku in the 1990’s, as well as the Festival del Sole in Tuscany, where his NES orchestra was in residence from 2003 to 2006.

Since the vitality of classical music relies on the immediate and active connection between the composer and the performer, Mr. Sitkovetsky has cultivated strong partnerships with people like Dutilleux, Penderecki, Schnittke, Pärt, and Rodion Shchedrin, who has written several works for him as conductor and violinist. His repertoire includes concertos composed for him by John Casken, Krzystof Meyer, Nimrod Borenstein, and Jakov Jakoulov.