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"Alexander Sitkovetsky soloist made an unimpeachable case for the full concerto’s integrity. He handled the solo part with dashing brilliance as well as warmth. It’s always impressive to see a soloist who is really involved in the orchestral role as well his own — an earnest musician committed to the total work he was performing."

Barber Violin Concerto, The Capitol Theatre with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

John W Barker, Isthmus

19 March 2016

 

"[Sitkovetsky's] tone in the second movement was a wonder, with finely shaded dynamic levels"

Bach Double Concerto, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre

Bruce Hodges, New York Classical Review

5 March 2016

 

“Alexander Sitkovetsky’s passionate and extroverted personality brought life and humour to the music. (..) We enjoyed some great music performed by a chamber orchestra in top shape, led by a vivid artist. ”

Panufnik Violin Concerto, The University Aula, Oslo, with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Kjell Moe, Kulturspeilet

February 2016

 

"Sitkovetsky brought great control of dynamics, a fine rubato and a powerful edge to his lovely tone with some wonderfully fleet passages as well as a beautifully shaped cadenza with moments of fine purity"

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Hereford Shirehall with the English Symphony Orchestra

Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer

February 2016

 

"Alexander Sitkovetsky was sublime, coaxing note after awe-inspiring note from his violin and proving his very real talent"

Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Cellophony, St George's Bristol

Sarah-Jane Howard, 365Bristol

January 2016

 

"An incredible performance of Brahms C minor piano quartet closed the programme; the instruments kept a perfect balance with everyone notching up the volume at the right moments to bring alive Brahms' oscillating piece."

A quartet recital, Budapest Liszt Ferenc Academy

Szabo Ildiko, Papiruszportal.hu

December 2015

 

"Sitkovetsky astonishes with his dazzling playing in the duos"

Maxim Rysanov plays Martinu - BIS CD

Jerry Dubins, Fanfare

Nov/Dec 2015

 

"Right from the start, Mr Sitkovetsky was inspired. His playing soared above the orchestra with a skill and clarity that was truly beautiful, and his total engagement with the music and the performance shone out. (..) He received a well-deserved standing ovation. I look forward to his next visit."

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 , Medina Theatre, New Port with the Isle of Wight SO

Jonathan Dodd, On the Wight

November 2015

 

" (..) Halvorsen's virtuoso reworking of a Handel Passacaglia (..) was brilliantly played, Sitkovetsky and Rysanov both completly on fire as they imbued this Paganini-esque showpiece with split-second timing, quirky spontaneity, and raw, rustic humour"

Duo recital, East-Neuk Festival

Ken Walton, The Scotsman

July 2015

 

“Sitkovetsky and Qian maintained an agile, sympathetic dialogue and carved a great deal of open space in the music. Even short silences in the music drew in the listener."

Sitkovetsky Duo at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre, New York

George Grella, New York Classical Review

July 2015

 

“If written with Menuhin and his unique abilities in mind, the concerto lives on in the same spirit in the hands of Alexander Sitkovetsky. His exquisitely beautiful, resolute yet lyrical sound was perfectly complemented by the SSO strings.”

Panufnik Violin Concerto, Glasgow City Hall with the BBC Scottish SO

Herald Scotland

June 2015

 

"Rysanov has a perfect match in Alexander Sitkovetsky, both players relishing Martinu's virtuoso writing."

Maxim Rysanov plays Martinu - BIS CD

The Strad recommends..

Carlos Maria Solare, The Strad

June 2015

 

"Alexander Sitkovetsky and Natalie Clein both gave very accomplished performances in these roles, and interacted neatly with pianist Freddy Kempf. "

Beethoven Triple Concerto with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Rohan Shotton, bachtrack

February 2015

 

"Alexander Sitkovetsky put on an animated and charismatic performance of a work that was so devilish that it was deemed “unplayable” when it was first written. At the end of the concerto, which finished with Sitkovetsky’s improvised violin solo, the audience’s approval was clearly demonstrated by energetic applause, embellished with a resounding cheer and the stamping of feet."

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Leeds Town Hall

Rita Hughes, leedshacks.co.uk

February 2015

 

“Passion and pleasure and brilliance then combined in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, led with virtuosity, verve and vitality by violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky.”

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Truro with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Peter Harlow, Cornish Guardian

February 2015

 

“Alexander Sitkovetsky was the pick of the soloists playing so impressively yet maintaining a certain degree of classical restraint”

Beethoven Triple Concerto, Manchester with the St Petersburg SO

Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International

February 2015

 

"Alexander Sitkovetsky put on an animated and charismatic performance of a work that was so devilish that it was deemed “unplayable” when it was first written. At the end of the concerto, which finished with Sitkovetsky’s improvised violin solo, the audience’s approval was clearly demonstrated by energetic applause, embellished with a resounding cheer and the stamping of feet."

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Leeds Town Hall

Rita Hughes, leedshacks.co.uk

February 2015

 

"Alexander Sitkovetsky [performed] the Sibelius Violin Concerto with a technical finesse and intonation that explains why he's one of the world's most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians."

Sibelius Violin Concerto, St George's Hall, Bradford with the Brussels Philharmonic

Oliver Condy, Classical-music.com

December 2014

 

"Sibelius' Violin Concerto (..) received a shatteringly magnificent performance from (..)Alexander Sitkovetsky"

Sibelius Violin Concerto, St George's Hall, Bradford with the Brussels Philharmonic

John Pettitt, Keighley News

December 2014

 

“The Violin Concerto, written for Yehudi Menuhin, is given a gripping account by Alexander Sitkovetsky”

CPO Panufnik Symphonic Works - 7776872

Ivan Moody, The Gramophone

November 2014

 

"Sitkovetsky's performance was brilliantly fiery and energetic"

Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Cellophony

Claire Hazelton, The Guardian

October 2014

 

"(..) no finer recording exists than this irresistible performance by Alexander Sitkovetsky"

Panufnik Concertos cpo CD

Norman Lebrecht, Sinfini Music - Album of the Week

September 2014

 

“..right from the opening violin solo, Alexander Sitkovetsky’s playing was superb.”

Sitkovetsky Trio recital, Melbourne Recital Centre

Hoang Pham, Limelight Magazine

March 2014

 

“Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky gave a gripping start to Smetana's G minor Trio, leading his colleagues on a path that embraced the composer's eloquent melody writing and the fierce emotion that permeates each of the three movements.”

Sitkovetsky Trio recital, Melbourne Recital Centre

Clive O'Connell, The Sydney Morning Herald

March 2014

 

“Alexander Sitkovetsky, the soloist in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 (1948, revised 1955), is an amazing young man, who is undoubtedly destined for stardom. His range of tone and expression plus his remarkable technique combined to make a memorable performance that left the audience enthralled.”

Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1, Medina Theatre with the Isle of Wight SO

Rene Mairis, Isle of Wight County Press

February 2013

 

“Bloch’s ‘Three Nocturnes,’ written in 1924 and inspired by student performers, sounded sweet, simple and nostalgic in the hands of Mr. Bax, the violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and the cellist Jakob Koranyi.”

Chamber recital in the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre

Steve Smith, The New York Times

November 2012

 

“An impressive performance by two extremely talented young musicians at Trento, Italy. The Philarmonic captivated by the Sitkovetsky Duo. Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Quian express supreme musical chemistry…… the Duo Sitkovestki delivered an outstanding concert from every point of view: two extraordinary talented musicians with mature interpretative skills at their peak, performed masterpieces from the great chamber music repertoire.   Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and pianist Wu Quian, having received a world class musical education, express supreme chemistry in their playing captivating any audiences appreciation, including music specialists”

Sitkovetsky Duo, Sala Filarmonica, Trento

D.V, L’Adige

October 2012

 

"(..) a blistering performance of Prokofiev's First Violin Sonata in F Minor. From its morose opening to the rants and raves of the ironic finale, [Sitkovetsky] displayed an astonishing range of colours and emotions. Allying faultless intonation with a voluminous tone, his control was one to admire (..)"

Sitkovetsky Duo, Yong Siew Toh Concert Hall

Chang Tou Liang, The Straits Times

September 2012

 

“This was a particularly memorable performance from the soloist, Alexander Sitkovetsky. His dazzling dexterity was mesmerising throughout, especially the way he handled the long cadenza with dynamic variety, ending arpeggios on the lightest harmonic with pin-point accuracy.”

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Hall for Cornwall with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra  

Eric Dare, Cornish Guardian

April 2012

 

“Alexander Sitkovetsky, the soloist, was especially convincing here. He employed a lovely rubato throughout, breathing life into both melodic passages and the extravagant passages designed to show off a soloist's skills. His final cadenza was dazzling, as much for its technical mastery as for its working through of the movement's ideas as he alternated between flashy arpeggios and double-stop versions of earlier motives. When he emerged from the cadenza, the re-statement of the theme had a knowing quality that registered a sense of significant change.”

Beethoven Violin Concerto, Overture Centre with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Jessica Courtier, 77 Square

February 2012

 

“His brilliance was not confined to this one piece [Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending]; he demonstrated his technical prowess once again in his interpretation of Sarasate’s Zigeunerwisen – a piece which demands flamboyant virtuosos alongside incredible pace.”

Last Night of the Autumn Proms, Birmingham Symphony Hall

Lexie Wilson, Redbrick Paper

October 2011

 

“The technique of Alexander Sitkovetsky, (..) is on the highest level, the intonation immaculate, the sound full but variable, wonderful precision and transparency even in the most difficult passages.”

Sitkovetsky Trio concert, Wolfgangsaal, Regensburg

Randolf Jeschek, Mittelbayerische Zeitung

February 2011

Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin

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