Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

Alexander Sitkovetsky Violin

Wu Qian Piano

Richard Harwood Cello


Sitkovetsky Piano Trio: Musica Viva Australian Tour 2017

The Australian

by Martin Buzacott, 7 July 2017, Conservatorium Theatre, 6 July 2017

“The Sitkovetsky Trio play not just in three individual parts but, more importantly, in three dimensions.”

“The Sitkovetsky sound was massive but never at the expense of the melodic line, and the ever-present drama was untinged by affectation. They demonstrated a layering effect, where each musical building block was placed in optimum position until the overall edifice emerged with startling clarity and phenomenal structural strength.” [Rachmaninov Trio Élégiaque No 1]

“Architectural shape and overriding purpose prevailed, the very last notes being delivered with as much edge-of-the-seat importance as the first. This was the real deal.” [Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1, Op.49]

Sydney Morning Herald

by Clive O’Connell, 9 July 2017 Melbourne Recital Centre, 8 July 2017

“These three artists – all in their early 30s – have fused rapidly into an exemplary piano trio, working through a demanding program with excellent fluency and solid collegiality of attack, phrase-shaping and insight.”

“The highlight came with Mendelssohn in D minor, a gem of a trio distinguished by Wu Qian’s deft, undemonstrative pianism and an affecting violin/cello duo in the mellifluous central Andante: ardour without sentimentality.”

Limelight Magazine

by David Barmby, 10 July 2017, Melbourne Recital Centre, 8 July 2017

“Weeping throughout in G minor, [Rachmaninov Trio Élégiaque No 1] was in many ways the highlight of the programme, with perfectly formed rapport and intimately understood nuance of gesture.”

“The Trio gave a performance filled with lyricism with plenty of light and shade. The fleet-footed Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace particularly delighted. This was a generous and gratefully received performance.” [Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1, Op.49]

Limelight Magazine

By Gillian Wills, 10 July 2017, Conservatorium Theatre, 6 July 2017

“The first half’s melodramatic serving of tragedy and visceral protest, Russian-style, was a stunner. There were no boring drifts. No throwaway segments in which thoughts can wander and dreams unfold. The Sitkovetsky don’t let their listeners off the hook. And their zest for high drama resonates in unusually prolonged endings.” “Deeply rewarding, the recital brimmed with infectious sincerity, wild energy and impressive unity.”

Adelaide Now

by Stephen Whittington, 14 July 2017, Adelaide Town Hall, 13 July 2017

“This performance by the Sitkovetsky Trio took the mighty work [Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2] to extremes rarely heard…It was not a pleasant musical experience, but it was a magnificent one, thanks to the three splendid musicians in this group.” “Wu Qian’s playing was full of colour and power – she isn’t afraid to stand out boldly when the music calls for it. I haven’t heard a better performance of this work [Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2]”

“Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor, bursting with energy tempered by a somewhat pallid lyricism, again showed the exceptional capacity of these three musicians – the scherzo in particular was a marvel of lightness and dexterity.”

Classical Melbourne

by Glenn Riddle, 20 July 2017 Melbourne Recital Centre, 18 July 2017

“The strings, rarely looking at their scores, gave expressive accounts of the large melodic arches that permeate the Romantically infused textures. This was an assured, soulful reading that immediately established this youthful ensemble’s interpretative credentials.” [Rachmaninov Trio Élégiaque No 1]

“The emotional heart of the trio comes in the second movement Andante [Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1, Op.49] … the Sitkovetsky strings were perfectly matched in their sinuous phrasing, complemented by a supportive yet equally expressive piano line. The boisterous finale was full of rhythmic energy and ardent lyricism. This was emotionally charged playing, tautly controlled and deftly balanced, and brought the scheduled program to a most satisfying conclusion.”