“Incredibly well matched, this is an established trio and you can tell how much they trust each other. There’s a wonderful mixture of buoyancy, particularly the pianist Wu Qian hast the most formidable clear technique when it comes to some of the more taxing writing in the faster movements… It’s a lovely recorded sound as well.”
Mark Lowther and Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 – Record Review
The Sitkovetsky Trio has established itself as an exceptional piano trio of today.
Their thoughtful and committed approach have brought the ensemble critical acclaim and invitations to renowned concert halls around the world including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Palais des Beaux Arts, Musée du Louvre, l’Auditori Barcelona, Wigmore Hall or Lincoln Center New York.
Recently the Sitkovetsky Trio received the Chamber Music Award of the BBC Music Magazine. Furthermore they are first prize-winners of the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award and recipients of the NORDMETALL Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, as well as the Philharmonia-Martin Chamber Music Award. They have been supported by the Hattori Foundation, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Fidelio Trust and the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation. Last season, the Sitkovetsky Trio received a generous funding from the Initiative Musik as part of the Neustart Kultur programme launched by the German government.
Since 2014, a number of recordings by the Sitkovetsky Trio have been released on the BIS Records label. These include a compilation of works by Smetana, Suk and Dvořák, which was enthusiastically received by critics. This was followed by further releases on the Wigmore Live label and recordings of Mendelssohn piano trios, as well as an album juxtaposing Ravel and Saint-Saëns, which won the BBC Music Magazine Award among others.
The Sitkovetsky Trio is currently working on the cycle of all trio works by Ludwig van Beethoven. Volume 1 has already received the Diapason d’Or ARTE. The cycle will be continued in summer 2023 and 2024.
Highlights of the 2023/2024 season include concerts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Elbphilharmonie. They are also on tour in the USA and Italy and will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Staatstheater Darmstadt and the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
Alexander Sitkovetsky is playing a Stradivari violin (Cremona, 1697) and Isang Enders is playing a cello by Carlo Tononi (Venice, 1720); both instruments have been kindly loaned by the J. & A. Beare Violin Society.