S0037. YULIAN SITKOVETSKY, w.Kondrashin Cond. Moscow S.O.: Violin Concerto in a (Glazounov); w.Gorchakov Cond. USSR State Radio S.O.: Violin Concerto in d (Lyapunov); w.Kovalev Cond. Violin Concerto (Lehman). Artek 0028, recorded 1948-52. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 661853002827
"Sitkovetsky was born 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). In 1947, he shared First Prize at the Prague Festival with Leonid Kogan and Igor Besrodny.
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). In 1955 he won Second Prize at the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition, of which Yehudi Menuhin said: '...David Oistrakh and I were on the jury...he should have had First Prize...').
Julian Sitkovetsky never toured much, as he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1956. He died in Moscow in 1958 at age 32."
"...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..."
- Joseph Magil, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE