Zurich University of the Arts14.07.2023 – 22.07.2023
Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with a well-established musical tradition. His concerto debut came at the age of eight, and in the same year he moved to the UK to study at the Menuhin School. Lord Menuhin was his inspiration throughout his school years and they performed together on several occasions.
The forthcoming season will see his returns to Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Rogue Valley Symphony Medford in the United States. He will also visit New York again several times as part of the prestigious CMS at Lincoln Center. He will also return to the direct the Romanian Youth Orchestra, Detmold Chamber Orchestra and Leopoldinum Orchestra Wroclaw and appear at numerous festivals across Europe, such as Stavanger, Music for Galway and Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau.
Amongst the highlights of previous seasons are his debuts at Vienna’s Musikverein with the Tonkünstler Orchester, tour with the North Netherlands Orchestra as well as return visits to the Manchester Camerata, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, English Symphony Orchestra and Anima Musicae Orchesta Budapest. He also tours regularly with Julia Fischer as a permanent member of her string quartet.
Highlights of his recent concerto performances include appearances with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bolivia, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest The Hague, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra.
He is also much in demand as a director and has directed and performed as a soloist regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, Camerata Zurich, Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Romanian Sinfonietta. He is also regularly invited as guest soloist with orchestras touring the UK and these have recently included the Russian Philharmonic Novosibirsk, Brussels Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchester.
His critically acclaimed CPO recording of Andrzej Panufnik’s Violin Concerto with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin commemorating the composer’s 100th birthday won an ICMA Special Achievement Award. His most recent recording with the English Symphony Orchestra of Philip Sawyers’s Violin Concerto was released to great critical acclaim.
Alexander was awarded 1st prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition alongside pianist Wu Qian. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Bowers Program (previously named Chamber Music Society Two) at the Lincoln Center, and in 2016 received the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.
Alexander is a founding member of the award-winning Sitkovetsky Trio with whom he has performed worldwide. The trio won the BBC Music Magazine award for Chamber Music in 2022.
Alexander plays the 1679 ‘Parera’ Antonio Stradivari violin, kindly loaned to him through the Beare’s International Violin Society by a generous sponsor.