Surrey Mozart Players
Saturday 22 June 2019 -
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford : 7.30pm
Alexander Sitkovetsky .................... Violin Soloist
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. Highlights include performances with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, New York Chamber Players, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Orquesta Filarmónica de Bolivia. Last season’s highlights included engagements with the Arctic Symphony Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and a return to Camerata Salzburg. Alexander is a regular guest soloist in nationwide tours of the UK, including tours with the Brussels Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Tonkünstler Orchester. The forthcoming season will see him perform with the Residentie Orkest The Hague, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Camerata Zurich, Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra and return to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Arctic Philharmonic and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. He will furthermore embark on a UK Tour with the Russian Philharmonic Novosibirsk as well as several US Tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 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. 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 will be touring Asia in September 2018, with concerts in South Korea, Singapore and Japan. Alexander has also played in a String Quartet project with Julia Fischer since 2012, meeting once a year to perform in some of Europe's most prestigious venues. Alexander has shared the stage with Julia Fischer, Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Chaushian, Mischa Maisky, Natalie Clein, Éric Le Sage, Polina Leschenko, Julian Rachlin, Boris Brovtsyn, and many others. He also performs frequently with the Razumovsky Ensemble and the Ensemble RARO.
Chris Hopkins... ................. Guest Conductor
Chris Hopkins is enjoying a busy season in a wide range of projects, with opera and symphony concerts alongside concertos, solo and chamber recitals. Following from the success of his ENO debut last season conducting Cal McCrystal’s Iolanthe, this season he returned to conduct Simon McBurney’s production of Magic Flute and is conductor for the legendary Jonathan Miller production of The Mikado in the 2019/20 season at the London Coliseum.
He has also worked recently on record with the English Chamber Orchestra, as Music Director for Hampstead Garden Opera, with Garsington Opera, Grange Festival Opera, BBC Young Musician (assistant to Mark Wigglesworth), concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall as well as live and recorded on BBC 1, Radio 3 and Radio 4.
Previously he has worked with companies including WNO, NI Opera, Holland Park Opera, Wide Open Opera, Opera Danube, Glyndebourne, Presteigne and Aldeburgh Festivals, London Mozart Players, Crash Ensemble, Corinthians Chamber Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
He continues into an eleventh season as Musical Director of Orchestra of the City. Chris was honoured in 2013 to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.