US jobs for 2 Menuhin violinists

US jobs for 2 Menuhin violinists


norman lebrecht

June 27, 2020

Chad Hoopes and Alexander Sitkovetsky have joined the Texas SMU Meadows School of the Arts, starting September. Both are Yehudi Menuhin beneficiaries.

press release:
Sitkovetsky is an international concert artist who trained at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London and has performed as a guest soloist with dozens of major orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Moscow Symphony. He is a critically acclaimed recording artist, recipient of the 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and a founding member of the award-winning Sitkovetsky Trio. He will serve as artist-in-residence at SMU.

Since winning first prize at the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Chad Hoopes has established himself as an impressive and versatile artist, frequently performing with leading ensembles across the globe. He is a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and served as the Munich Symphony’s first artist-in-residence, a position created specifically for him after his acclaimed debut with the orchestra. Hoopes studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. He will serve as professor of practice at SMU.



  • Guest says:

    What is a professor of practice? Performance practice?

    • Peter says:

      A professor of practice is presumably someone who professes that they practice.
      Sadly, i must profess that i don’t practice, or not much.

  • Freddynyc says:

    Good for them – they will be preparing a new generation of violinists for a career on Zoom……

  • Nathaniel M says:

    Wow! This is a major coup for SMU. Both are major talents and will be important Teachers. Bravo!

  • E. says:

    Lovely. Yoga.

  • Terence says:

    Alexander is a fine violinist.

    I hope Texas SMU found a job for his partner Wu Qian, an excellent pianist who also attended the Menuhin school.

    I had the pleasure of hearing them both in concert as 2/3 of the Sitkovetsky trio.