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Dmitry Sinkovsky

Virtuosity, finesse, expression, imagination: Dmitry Sinkovsky has everything!
"Le Monde"

Dmitry Sinkovsky possesses a rare combination of Russian virtuosity and Italian cantabilità. A conductor, violinist, and countertenor, he weaves these three disciplines together with a profound musical awareness, boundless energy, and astonishing technique, resulting in electrifying performances that captivate audiences across the globe.

A winner of awards at major European competitions, Dmitry began his brilliant career working with the most prestigious Early Music ensembles, such as Il Giardino Armonico, Il Complesso Barocco, Il Pomo D’Oro, Musica Petropolitana and Accademia Bizantina. He is closely tied to the Belgian ensemble B'Rock and has a had a long-term collaboration with lutenist Luca Pianca and his Ensemble Claudiana, as well as the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. Additional collaborations have included artists like Alexei Lubimov, Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Rudin, Dorothee Oberlinger, Andreas Scholl, Kristina Mhkitaryan, Christophe Coin, Martina Filjak, and Skip Sempé.

Complementing his achievements in Baroque music, Dmitry maintains an active profile as a classical violinist and conductor, with a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Berg, from Beethoven to Bartók. Equally passionate about choral music, Dmitry works closely with the vocal ensemble Antiphonus Zagreb. He has performed as both conductor and soloist with the Seattle Symphony in Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria and returned to conduct a program of Bach Cantatas with the Seattle Symphony Chorale.

Dmitry’s international conducting career was launched in the 2012-13 season, when he was featured as a guest on Joyce DiDonato’s acclaimed Drama Queens tour. Today, he remains in high demand, performing extensively across Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia and North America. In 2018, he served as resident conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, where he has been a regular guest since the 2015-16 Season. Additional appearances in the U.S. include his debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which resulted in an immediate re-engagement as conductor, violinist and countertenor. In Europe, he has led the Spanish National Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, MusicaAeterna, Kremerata Baltica, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orchestra Casa da Música Porto, Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia, and more recently the Orchestra of the Marinsky Theatre for the 800 years city celebrations of Nizhny Novgorod.

In 2011 Dmitry founded his own period instrument ensemble, La Voce Strumentale. Together they released two CD’s under the French label Naïve: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (2015) and Bach in Black (2017), and perform at major international festivals and concert halls throughout Europe. Critics have praised the unique sound of their string section - each musician bringing their personality, yet accomplishing a homogeneity that is rarely attained and thrilling to hear.

Having already embarked on an impressive career as a violinist, in 2007 Dmitry decided to pursue his talent as a countertenor, under the guidance of Michael Chance, Jana Ivanilova and Marie Daveluy. Performances as countertenor have included Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at the Lucerne Festival; the title role of Handel's Lucio Silla at the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen and at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele; and the role of Ruggero in Vivaldi's Orlando furioso with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, which he also conducted. He is an invited artist of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Highlights of the past seasons include performances of Beethoven’s Violin and Triple Concerto as well as concerts with Julia Lezhneva & La Voce Strumentale at Zaryadaye Hall in Moscow, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Sion Festival, and Rheingau Festival. Additional projects in Moscow with La Voce Strumentale include Handel's Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. Starring his frequent onstage partner, Julia Lezhneva, as well Anne Dennis and Andrew Goodwin, the production featured Dmitry as conductor and vocalist, singing the role of Disinganno. In 2020, he returned to conduct the symphony orchestras of Seattle and Detroit, and made his debut with the Orquesta de Extremadura and with the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia conducting Mozart's Prague Symphony.

The first concert after the lockdown took place in Porto, and was immediately followed by appearances in Cremona, Helsinki, Riga, Potsdam, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. In April 2021 Dmitry conducted Il Pomo D’Oro in Moscow, presenting the Händel’s pasticcio Orestes, and in June he opened the Stockholm Early Music Festival with La Voce Strumentale, playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the presence of the royals of Sweden. In September he made an important operatic debut, conducting Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades with a cast of the Marinsky Theatre at the Boldino Fall Festival in Nizhny Novgorod 

Next engagements include invitations as conductor and soloist by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the RTE National Orchestra Dublin, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Porpora’s L´Orfeo at the Theater an der Wien with La Lira d’Orfeo, tours with B'Rock and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, concerts with La Voce Strumentale, Dorothee Oberlinger and Luca Pianca. In Fall 2022 Dmitry will debut at the Zurich Opera House conducting Cavalli’s L’Eliogabalo in the stage direction of Calixto Bieto.

A versatile performer, Dmitry has enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with actors Elizaveta Boyarskaya and Anatoly Bely, appearing as singer, violinist, and actor in 1926, a breathtaking production based on the lives of esteemed poets Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Under the stage direction of Alla Damsker, they have been touring this production to Russian-speaking countries since 2018.

Dmitry’s many recordings include Vivaldi's Concerti per violino V Per Pisendel under naïve's Vivaldi Edition (Diapason d’Or); critically-acclaimed world-premiere recordings of violin concertos by Tietz and Rosetti with the Pratum Integrum Orchestra (Caro Mitis); Telemann's Trio Sonatas (Berlin Classics) with Erik Boosgraf; and Schumann's Fantasies and Fairy Tales (Naxos) with Aapo Häkkinen, among others. In October 2019, naïve released Virtuosissimo, an album featuring Dmitry on virtuoso violin concertos by Locatelli, Tartini, Leclair, and Telemann with Il Pomo d'Oro, which was awarded a Diapason d'Or. Dmitry is thrilled to have begun a new collaboration with the label Glossa. The first recording, Beethoven's Violin and Triple concerts with Alexei Lyubimov, Alexander Rudin and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, was released in September 2020 and has been nominated for an ICMA award. 2020 has also seen the release of another ICMA nominated album, The Discovery of Passion with Dorothee Oberlinger (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi). In October 2021 Glossa will release Songs & Poems, a new album with La Voce Strumentale performing contemporary music of the Russian composer Sergey Akhunov on Baroque instruments.

Dmitry is a professor at the Moscow State Conservatory, and artistic director of the Orlando Furioso Festival in Dubrovnik.
He studied violin at the Moscow Conservatory under Alexander Kirov, and choral conducting at the Zagreb Music Academy under Tomislav Fačini. Additional studies include operatic and orchestral conducting under the guidance of Sabrie Bekirova (diploma of the Institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse).

Season 2021-2022