Dmitry Sinkovsky, a musical phenomenon who plays virtuoso violin, sings as a countertenor and conducts, visits the Seattle Symphony throughout this season for a collaborative project anchored around the music of Antonio Vivaldi.
Casting a spell over your audience as a violin virtuoso is remarkable enough. But some musicians are real overachievers.
Take Dmitry Sinkovsky, who guests with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) this month to launch the “Vivaldi Project.” This series of concerts singles out highlights from the Italian composer’s prolific oeuvre (with programs continuing in February and May).
An internationally praised violin soloist, Sinkovsky will play that instrument in “The Four Seasons,” the year-round Vivaldi favorite. But he’ll simultaneously conduct an ensemble of SSO musicians. And for one of Vivaldi’s exquisite vocal works, Sinkovsky will again take the spotlight, this time as a nimble, bright-toned countertenor.
Seattle Symphony: “Vivaldi Four Seasons” featuring Dmitry Sinkovsky
Along with “The Four Seasons” and “Cessate, omai cessate,” Sinkovsky and the symphony will perform the Concerto Grosso No. 3 (“after Scarlatti”) by Charles Avison. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, and 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Benaroya Hall; tickets $22-$122. 206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org.
The role changeovers are no circus stunt. They’re a way of experiencing and performing the music from the 17th and 18th centuries to which the Russian artist has dedicated his career — music that places a high value on spontaneity and flexibility.
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“This isn’t meant to show off what I can do. I’m a musician first and foremost,” Sinkovsky said in a phone interview from his native Moscow. Trained in Baroque violin, he has been adding countertenor parts to his repertoire over the past decade.