Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 “Italian” (30’)
Doreen Carwithen arr. Woods Lento for Strings (World Premiere) (8′)
– INTERVAL (20′) –
Beethoven Violin Concerto (45’)
– Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin)
English Symphony Orchestra
Soloist: Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin)
Conductor: Kenneth Woods
About the Concert
English Symphony Orchestra returns to Hereford – and for the first time to St Peter’s Church – with Alexander Sitkovetsky, one of the greatest violinists of his generation, performing Beethoven’s monumental Violin Concerto.
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 debut at Vienna’s Musikverein with the Tonkünstler Orchester. Further highlights are his debuts with the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Pomeranian Philharmonic Bydgoszcz, Detmold Chamber Orchestra and Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, as well as return visits to the Halle Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Anima Musicae Budapest and Russian Philharmonic Novosibirsk. He will also appear at various chamber music festivals and venues, including Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Schubertiade in Hohenems, Colmar International Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Extensive tours with the Sitkovetsky Trio will bring him to St George’s Bristol, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Series in Basel and Bern and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre in New York.
Highlights of his recent concerto performances include appearances with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, Lithuanian National 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, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Tennessee.
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 most recently with 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 ‘Chamber Music Society Two’ programme at the Lincoln Center, and in 2016 received the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.
Alexander is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, with whom he has won various prizes including the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize. The trio has performed all over the UK and Europe including Alte Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall, and toured Asia recently. Alexander plays the 1679 ‘Parera’ Antonio Stradivari violin, kindly loaned to him through the Beare’s International Violin Society by a generous sponsor.