Sitkovetsky accepts his new honour with ’great joy and enthusiasm’


Dmitry Sitkovetsky © Panol De la Vega

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The Purcell School has announced violinist, recording artist, conductor, creator, and transcriber Dmitry Sitkovetsky as its newest patron. Known as the UK’s oldest music school, Sitkovetsky will join a cohort of patrons including former HRH Prince of Wales (Royal Patron since March 1985); Sir Simon Rattle (President); Vladimir Ashkenazy; Sir Andrew Davis, CBE; Evgeny Kissin; Donatella Flick; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, DBE; and Julian Lloyd Webber, OBE.

’It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I accept this wonderful honour to be a new patron of the Purcell School,’ commented Sitkovetsky on his appointment. ’It marks a new chapter in my professional life – a chance to share my good fortune of having grown up with the giants of the music world, with the most exciting young talents at the best music school in the UK.’

’It is thrilling to have the opportunity to build a meaningful and lasting relationship with a musician of such international renown and astonishing talent,’ said Paul Bambrough, principal of the Purcell School.

’Dmitry’s recent visit to the school left a profound and lasting impression on all of us and I know that both current and future students will benefit from Dmitry’s profound wisdom and experience. Our string department is one of the finest of its kind anywhere in the world and to be supported and guided by a violinist of such significance and distinction will only inspire and encourage our young players to even greater heights.’

Sitkovetsky’s 2023-2024 season follows an eventful summer, including the Gala Concert for the 30th Anniversary of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where his special new transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was premiered by a star-studded ensemble  of 42 festival soloists. He also performed and conducted at the Varna Festival in Bulgaria; the Clandeboye Festival in Northern Ireland; and the Gabala International Music Festival in Azerbaijan. He made his debut with the Sofia Philharmonic, as well as his recital debut in Riga, Latvia. 

He appears as a juror for the New York Young Concert Artists Semi-Final and Final Auditions, as well as the Katowice Fitelberg Conducting Competition Jury (Poland) and the Concertino Praga: Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians (Czech Republic). He also leads masterclasses with the Blackmore International Music Academy (Berlin, Germany) and performs in Berlin with his students of the masterclass. 

Read Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s Masterclass on Mozart Violin Concerto no.5, first movement, in our January 2024 issue here.

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