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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 the same year 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 including the Bach Double Concerto, Bartok Duos at St James’ Palace, and when Alexander played the Mendelssohn concerto under Menuhin’s baton.
He has gone on to perform with the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields, Moscow Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra among many others. Conductors he has worked with have included Sir Mark Elder, Yakov Kreizberg, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Denis Russell Davies, Andrew Sewell, Alexander Dmitriev, Mark Soustrot, Julia Jones, Michel Tabachnik, George Hanson and Joseph Swensen.
In the 2014/2015 season Alexander made his debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow, as well as with the Riga Sinfonietta, Poznan Philharmonic and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bolivia. He was guest soloist in two nationwide tours of the UK with the Brussels Philharmonic and the St Petersburg Symphony. He toured the length and breadth of Australia as guest director with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He also performed a six-date series of sold-out concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Forthcoming highlights include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra as well as a UK tour with the Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna.
His recent recording for CPO of Andrzej Panufnik's Violin Concerto to commemorate the composer's 100th birthday has been critically acclaimed and won the 2015 ICMA Special Achievement Award. Alexander was invited to perform the work at the awards ceremony gala concert in Ankara.
Alexander has also recorded for Angel/EMI, Decca, Orfeo, Onyx, BIS and Avanti Classics including the Bach Double Concerto with Julia Fischer.
In 2011, Alexander was awarded the 1st prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition with the pianist Wu Qian, with whom he subsequently embarked on a twenty-concert tour in Italy as well as gave a recital at the Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall. He is also a member of the prestigious ‘Chamber Music Society Two’ program at the Lincoln Centre in New York.
Chamber music has always been very important to Alexander. He is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio with Wu Qian and cellist Richard Harwood, with whom he has won various prizes including the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize and has performed all over the UK and Europe including at the Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Wigmore Hall in London. The trio's debut CD of Czech Repertoire for BIS had stellar reviews and their follow up recording of Mendelssohn Trios will be released in 2015. They have also released a disc of Brahms and Schubert on the Wigmore Live Label.
Since 2012, he has also played in a String Quartet project with Julia Fischer, meeting once a year to perform in some of Europe's most prestigious venues.
Alexander has also shared the stage with Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Chaushian, Misha Maisky, Natalie Clein, Eric Le Sage, Polina Leschenko, Julian Rachlin, Boris Brovtsyn, and many others. He also performs regularly with the Razumovsky Ensemble and the Ensemble RARO.