Sitkovetsky conducts the opening concert of Greensboro Symphony Orchestra's season on October 1, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz
Prolific violinist, conductor, creator, transcriber, and recording artist Dmitry Sitkovetsky is recognized throughout the world as having made a considerable impact on every aspect of musical life. The 2022-2023 season marks Sitkovetsky's final as Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, a title he's held for 20 years. He is also highly in demand internationally as a soloist and chamber music collaborator, performing this season in Berlin, Germany; Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, Israel; Bucharest, Romania; Havana, Cuba; Istanbul, Turkey; Baku, Azerbaijan; Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico; Sofia, Bulgaria; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Verbier, Switzerland. In the 2022-2023 season, Sitkovetsky also serves on the esteemed juries of the Enescu, Fritz Kreisler, and Montreal Violin Competitions. Since August 2022, he has presented masterclasses at the Blackmore Academy in Berlin, and also gives featured masterclasses this season at the Manhattan School of Music and the Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans.
Throughout the past two decades at the helm of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Sitkovetsky curated more than 120 different orchestral programs from Bach to Brubeck with world-class soloists. Among his many accomplishments, he developed the Rice Toyota Presents "Sitkovetsky & Friends" chamber series, consulted on the biggest installation of the Meyer System in the U.S. in the new 3000-seat Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, and commissioned important new works by composers such as Jakov Jakoulov and Mark Engebretson.
Sitkovetsky conducts the opening concert of Greensboro Symphony Orchestra's season on October 1, 2022, including works by Valerie Coleman, Gershwin, Debussy, Ravel, and Florence Price's Piano Concerto in One Movement with Michelle Cann. On November 5, 2022, cellist Sergey Antonov performs as featured soloist in Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante, part of a Ukrainian-themed concert of Silvestrov and Tchaikovsky. Sitkovetsky leads the orchestra in Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven's Violin Concerto with James Ehnes, who heard the maestro perform the concerto 39 years ago when he stepped in for Yehudi Menuhin in Winnipeg, on January 21, 2023. On February 18, 2023, the GSO performs the Brahms German Requiem with the GSO Master Chorale, and on April 15, 2023, Sitkovetsky leads the orchestra in a special preview performance of Wynton Marsalis's Trumpet Concerto, Respighi's Pini di Roma, and Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Trio Zimbalist. The closing concert of Sitkovetsky's 20-year tenure as Music Director on May 11, 2023 features him alongside Branford Marsalis in a rare violin/saxophone performance of Bach's Double Concerto, plus Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto, Milhaud's Scaramouche Suite, and Brahms Symphony No. 2. Throughout the season, Sitkovetksy also performs with esteemed colleagues in the GSO's Rice Toyota Sitkovetsky & Friends chamber concerts.
His international season opens on September 6 and 7, 2022, performing chamber music with violist Hartmut Rohde and cellist Xenia Jankovic; Brahms 'Piano Quintet in F minor with Mohamed Hiber, Gérard Caussé, Tim Park, and Sunwook Kim; and conducting the performance of Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.
Sitkovetsky then travels to Bucharest, Romania to serve as President of the Jury for the 2022 George Enescu International Violin Competition from September 9-13 and to play a chamber recital of Beethoven and Bach at the Romanian Athenaeum on September 12, 2022. From September 16-25, he sits on the jury of the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna, Austria, and in April and May 2023, he will also serve on the jury of the Concours Musical International de Montréal in Canada.
He returns to Israel for performances as conductor and violinist with the Jerusalem Camerata on October 22-25, 2022 in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rehovot, and Zichron Yaakov. Then, on October 29, he performs chamber music in Tel Aviv with musicians from the Camerata in a program of Strauss, Prokofiev, Debussy, and Brahms.
From November 8-12, 2022 Sitkovetsky will embark on his first trip to Cuba as featured artist of the Havana Classics Festival, where he will play, conduct, and give masterclasses to young Cuban musicians.
On November 18, 2022, Sitkovetsky leads the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in a program of Amirov's Capriccio Azerbaijan, Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with Sergei Nakariakov, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 "Ukrainian" at Ataturk Cultural Center Opera Hall.
At the end of November, he will give masterclasses and a featured recital at the Music Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan.
On December 9, 2022, he returns to Berlin to conduct the 75th Jubilee Concert of foremost Azeri composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh in a program of Ali-Zadeh's own works alongside those of Bach, Desyatnikov, Amirov, and Raskatov.
Sitkovetsky will be listening to the final round of the Elmar Oliveira Violin Competition on January 29, 2023 in Boca Raton, FL, after which the winner will debut with the GSO in 2023-2024 season. Just beforehand, he will give a masterclass at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
February 5-12, 2023 will take Sitkovetsky to the Saline Royal d'Arc et Senans in France, where he will give masterclasses and play chamber music at the Saline Royale Academy.
In April 2023, Sitkovetsky heads to Mexico to play with and conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Mexico City, and he also performs chamber music and leads masterclasses at the Festival Internacional de música de Guadalajara.
In June 2023, he makes his solo debut with the Bulgarian National Orchestra in Sofia and in July 2023, Sitkovetsky performs in the Verbier Festival's 30th anniversary season. August 2023 features his return to the Ljubljana Festival with two programs in which he plays and conducts the Ensemble Dissonance.
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