Julian Sitkovetsky

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Julian Sitkovetsky
Birth name Yulian Sitkovetsky
Born (1925-11-07)7 November 1925
Died 23 February 1958(1958-02-23) (aged 32)
Genres Classical music
Instruments violin
Years active 1933–1956

Julian (Yulian) Grigoryevich Sitkovetsky (7 November 1925 – 23 February 1958) was a Russian-Ukrainian violinist.


Sitkovetsky was born in Kiev. He started violin lesson at age 4, first with his father, then with David Bertie at the Central School in Kiev. As a child prodigy, he was chosen to play for Jacques Thibaud at age 8. One year later, he played the Mendelssohn concerto with the Kiev Symphony. In 1939, he enrolled in the Moscow Central Music School, class of Abram Yampolsky, whose students include Leonid Kogan, Igor Besrodny and Rotislav Dubinsky.

In 1945 Julian Sitkovetsky won the All Soviet Union Young Performers Competition of piano, cello and violin (Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich were the winners in piano and cello).[citation needed] In 1947, he shared First Prize at the Prague Festival with Leonid Kogan and Igor Besrodny.[citation needed]

He married pianist Bella Davidovich in 1950 and their son Dmitry Sitkovetsky (who became an eminent violinist and conductor) was born four years later.

In 1952, he shared Second prize in the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition with Wanda Wilkomirska (first prize was Igor Oistrakh).[citation needed] In 1955 he won Second Prize at the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition.[citation needed] (Of which Yehudi Menuhin said: "...David Oistrakh and I were on the jury...he should have had First Prize...").[citation needed]

Julian Sitkovetsky never toured much, as he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1956. He died in Moscow in 1958 at age 32.


Joseph Magil, critic (himself a violinist and violist) of the American Record Guide, said of Sitkovetsky : "...David Oistrakh said that, had he lived, Sitkovetsky would have eclipsed him and Kogan…. He had a broad, firm, focused tone in all registers; flawless intonation; a rapid, even trill; a swift, perfectly controlled staccato; strong, immaculate harmonics; an even, clear sautillé..."



  • American Record Guide, June'July 2006

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