New CD Information from Dmitry Sitkovetsky on Nimbus Alliance Records
Artist(s): Dmitry Sitkovetsky (vln); Yuri Zhislin (vla); Luigi Piovano (cello)
Composer: J. S. Bach
Repertoire: The Art of Transcription
Goldberg Variations BWV988/15 Sinfonias BWV787-901
Catalogue No: NI6199 
Discs: Single CD/Standard Case
Price Point: Full Price (UK dealer £8.70)
UK Release: 3rd September 2012
“The Art of Transcription” presents these cornerstones of the repertoire in a new light – Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV988) and 15 Sinfonias (BWV787-801) arranged for String Trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky.
The original transcription of the Goldbergs by Sitkovetsky was written in 1984 and was inspired by the 1981 Glen Gould recording – a version for string orchestra is equally popular. Since then, these transcriptions have been played all over the world. In 2009 Sitkovetsky felt the need to revise his trio transcription and this recording features that simpler version with fewer repeats. Some changes in the orchestration have led to an injection of youthful energy throughout the piece.
The title “The Art of Transcription” was a deliberate choice as part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of Sitkovetsky’s undoubted mastery in this area. He has created over 40 string transcriptions to date, of which several are published, and negotiations are ongoing for more to become generally available – a development which is sure to be welcomed by string players the world over.
Dmitry Sitkovetsky is an artist whose creativity defies categorising. He has built up an active and successful career as a violinist, conductor, arranger, chamber musician & festival director. Sitkovetsky has performed as a soloist with a number of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of the major London orchestras, NHK, Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has performed at a number of high-profile festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier, Istanbul, Newport, Festival del Sole (Napa Valley) and the IMG Tuscan Sun Festival. In 2003, he was appointed Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, a position he currently holds with great success.
Sitkovetsky has built a flourishing career as a conductor. From 1996–2001, he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra and then appointed Conductor Laureate, and from 2002–2005 held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian State Orchestra. From 2006–2009, he was the Artist-in-Residence at the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Spain) a position that involved conducting, solo playing, touring, chamber music and masterclasses. As a guest conductor, he has worked with leading orchestras including the London & Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC, San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Santa Cecilia and the St Petersburg Philharmonic.
Sitkovetsky is the founding director of the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra (NES CO) established in 1990 which is comprised of distinguished string players from Eastern & Western Europe. Since his successful transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string trio and string orchestra, he has transcribed more than 40 works mostly for string orchestra by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnányi, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Schnittke. He has been a member of ASCAP since 1985 and his transcriptions are published by Doblinger, Sikorski and Schirmer.
Sitkovetsky was the Artistic Director of a number of festivals including the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland (1983-1993 and 2002), Seattle International Music Festival (1992-1997), The Silk Route of Music Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan (1999) and has worked with a diverse range of artists such as Argerich, Ashkenazy, Bashmet, Davidovich, Harrell, Kissin, Maisky, Ohlsson, Penderecki, Repin, Schnittke and Shchedrin. In May 2007, Sitkovetsky was the Artist-in-Residence at the Bodensee Festival in Germany where he performed a wide variety of activities: soloist, conductor, chamber musician, recitalist, masterclasses and conducted the NES Chamber Orchestra in residence.
He has an active and varied recording career with an extensive discography which includes all the major violin concerti, numerous chamber music works as well as orchestral recordings that he has conducted.
Sitkovetsky shows a keen interest in performing contemporary repertoire – he premiered the violin concerti written for him by John Casken (1995) and Krzystof Meyer (2000) and often performs works by Dutilleux, Penderecki, Schnittke, Pärt and Shchedrin, who has written several works for Sitkovetsky both as violinist and conductor. In 2005, he performed two major works by John Corigliano – his Second Symphony and the Red Violin Suite in a play/conduct concert. Sitkovetsky’s latest premiere was The Gifts of the Magi written by Jakov Jakoulov after O’Henry’s famous story and narrated by Peter Coyote with the Greensboro Symphony. He also played a unique solo recital of contemporary music at the Verbier Festival in 2009 with a programme by Schedrin, Vasks, Auerbach and Ali-Zadeh.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, he grew up in Moscow studying at the Moscow Conservatory and after his emigration in 1977, at the Juilliard School in New York. Since 1987 he has resided in London.
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Described by The Strad as a ‘Virtuoso with a truly Romantic temperament’, Yuri Zhislin is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Equally at home on both violin and viola, Zhislin enjoys an active and illustrious career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing in his native Russia, as well as Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. His performances have taken him to nearly 60 countries around the globe.
Acknowledged by critics for his easily recognisable, distinct and warm tone, Zhislin has collaborated with Maria João Pires, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Natalie Clein, Levon Chilingirian and Michael Collins among many others. Winner of the ‘BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year’ in 1993, Yuri studied at the Royal College of Music in London and has performed in major concert venues across Europe, including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and King’s Place in London, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Stadcasino in Basel and Kolarac in Belgrade.
Together with his wife, an outstanding Russian violinist Natalia Lomeiko, Yuri has toured the UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Lomeiko and Zhislin were invited to perform the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for two consecutive seasons in Brisbane, Australia, as part of the Master Concert Series.
In 2004, Yuri formed the Russian Virtuosi of Europe – a highly versatile and vibrant chamber orchestra that brings together some of the best string players from Eastern Europe that are now based in London. The Virtuosi performed in London, Paris and Zurich, toured South America and took part in numerous festivals throughout Europe. Future plans include concerts in Russia, a return South America tour and several concerts at major London venues. Zhislin was Artistic Director of the Evaristo Valle Festival in Spain between 2000 – 2005.
Yuri is Professor of Violin and Viola at the Royal College of Music and is in high demand as a visiting professor giving master classes in Conservatorio de Liceo in Barcelona and Classes Magistrales in Leon, Spain, Malmo Academy in Sweden, as well as in Bulgaria, Holland, Japan and Australia.
Principal cellist of Symphony Orchestra of National Academy of St. Cecilia and guest Principal Cellist of the Tokyo and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras, Luigi Piovano has been enjoying a constantly growing international recognition both as a cellist and as a conductor. His rapidly expanding career has placed him as soloist under the batons of such conductors as Mikhail Pletnev and Myung-Whun Chung – performing with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra – Yehudi Menuhin and Andrey Boreyko, among others.
Luigi Piovano first attracted attention on the international music circuit after his participation in the “Pollini Project” in 1999, which brought forth a highly successful debut at the Salzburg Festival, as well as performances in Tokyo, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Rome.
He has taken part in numerous prominent collaborations with such celebrated artists as the Labeque Sisters, Chung, Sawallisch, Lonquich, Sitkovetsky and Antonio Pappano, with whom he has been regularly performing in duo setting since 2007. He also regularly performs with piano trio “Latitude 41”.
Luigi Piovano has been increasingly engaged as a conductor and has held the post of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Musici Aurei since founding the ensemble in 2002 (under the name of “Campania Chamber Orchestra”). In addition to his performing and conducting career, Luigi Piovano has served as the Artistic Director of the “Estate Musicale Frentana” in Lanciano since 2008. Mr. Piovano plays an Alessandro Gagliano cello dated 1710.
Dmitry Sitkovetsky will be giving a lecture at Kings Place, London on 15th September, entitled “Bach Goldberg Variations – The Art of Transcription”. On the same day, Sitkovetsky delivers a second lecture entitled “Stravinsky: A Soldier’s Tale”. In these dissertations Mr. Sitkovetsky will discuss the thoughts and processes behind his art of transcription.
Also at Kings Place, on 20th September, Sitkovetsky will perform all three of Brahms great Violin Sonatas along with the impressive early Scherzo from the F-A-E Sonata. Furthermore, there will be a performance of both the Goldberg Variations and the Sinfonias – again at Kings Place in March 2013 as part of an extensive series of international dates.
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