“Sitkovetsky has a terrific technique to be sure, but his confident, entirely natural musicianship is what sets him apart from the crowd.”
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Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with an established musical tradition. He made his concerto debut at the age of eight and in the same year started studying at the Menuhin School. Lord Menuhin was his inspiration throughout his school years and during that time they performed together on several occasions including in the Bach Double Concerto, Bartók’s Duos at St James’ Palace, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (under Menuhin’s baton).
Alexander has performed with the Netherlands Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St Petersburg Symphony, Welsh National Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra, among others. Conductors he has worked with include Sir Mark Elder, Yakov Kreizberg, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Denis Russell Davies, Andrew Sewell and Alexander Dmitriev, and musicians he has shared a stage with include Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Chaushian and Misha Maisky.
This season he will be featured as guest concerto soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Brussels Philharmonic as well as guest-directing programmes with the London Mozart Players and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Alexander has recorded for Angel / EMI, Decca, Orfeo, Onyx and Avanti Classics and his recordings include the Bach Double Concerto with Julia Fischer. Since 2012, Alexander has played in a string quartet project with Julia Fischer, performing in some of Europe’s most prestigious venues.
Chamber music has always been very important to Alexander. In 2011, he was awarded the 1st prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition with the pianist Wu Qian, and he is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, with whom he has performed at venues such the Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and London’s Wigmore Hall.
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Here is Alexander playing the Sarasate, wonderfully: