The UNCG String Area prepares students for a variety of careers by developing motivated, creative and independent musicians. Lessons with faculty, weekly studio classes, technique classes and orchestral excerpt preparation assist you in your path to becoming a better musician and prepare you for the next step. The UNCG string experience is enhanced by participation in one of our two orchestras and various small chamber ensembles. Students may also be selected to perform with our premiere string ensemble of faculty and students, Gate City Camerata, or in the new music ensemble Present~Continuous.
Our faculty come from a variety of backgrounds, with experience in new music, chamber music, orchestral playing and pedagogical study. The UNCG String Area offers BM, MM, and DMA degrees in violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp. Graduates of our program go on to additional degrees at prestigious institutions, or become teachers, professors, orchestral musicians, and chamber musicians.
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Distinguished Visiting Artist, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, is one of a rare breed of artist whose career successfully manifests itself in many artistic fields. As a violinist, he has worked with the very best orchestras in the world – the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Philharmonia, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York Philharmonic and Cleveland orchestras. He has also performed at the Salzburg Festival and at the Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier, Istanbul and Georges Enescu festivals, as well as being a founding artist of the Tuscan Sun Festival since 2003.
Since 2003, he has been the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO). Previously, he was the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra and has worked with London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle and Milwaukee symphonies, Santa Cecilia & Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Dima has an active and varied recording career with an extensive discography which includes all the major violin concerti, numerous chamber music works, as well as orchestral recordings as conductor.
Dmitry Sitkovetsky was born in Baku/Azerbaijan, but grew up in Moscow where he studied at the Moscow Conservatory and, after his emigration in 1977, at the Juilliard School in New York. Since 1987, he has been living in London with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Julia.
UNCG would like to acknowledge its appreciation to the Greensboro Symphony for making this collaboration possible.
The mission of the Graduate String Quartet at UNCG is to provide a diverse, quality chamber music experience for advanced graduate students and to provide outreach for the College of Visual and Performing Arts both on and off campus. The quartet will perform recitals on campus as well as off, and is often called upon to represent the College of Visual and Performing Arts at official university functions. In addition, members of the Liberace String Quartet are expected to serve as principals of the University Orchestra.