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Since his debut at the age of 14, performing Paganini Concerto No. 1 with Kharkiv philharmonic in his native Ukraine, violinist Peter Sirotin has performed hundreds of concerts as a chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster in Europe, North America and Asia. After graduating with honors from Moscow's Central Music School Mr. Sirotin became the youngest member of the "Moscow Soloists" chamber ensemble. With this group he has toured extensively, performing in the major music centers such as Royal Albert Hall in London, Pleyel Hall in Paris, Concertgebow in Amsterdam and Beethoven Hall in Bonn among others.


Mr. Sirotin studied in Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he has received a full scholarship for a Graduate performance diploma in violin performance and the first Graduate performance diploma in chamber music awarded in the history of that school. His teachers include Earl Carlyss, Victor Danchenko, Berl Senofsky and Adolf Leschinsky (pupil of Carl Flesch).


Mr. Sirotin's performances as a concertmaster include a wide range of projects from concerts in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Verizon Hall with Arlo Guthrie to the performances of the Verdi Requiem and Bach's St John's Passions with Cathedral choral society in National Cathedral in Washington DC. He is currently an Associate concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony in PA.

An active educator, Mr. Sirotin is currently artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Grantham PA, where he has co-founded a summer chamber music and composition program for young musicians. He has given masterclasses in US and abroad and has served as an adjudicator in competitions.

In 1997 Mr. Sirotin has founded with his wife, pianist Ya-Ting Chang the Mendelssohn piano trio. Mr. Sirotin has collaborated in performance with pianists Ann Schein, Igor Zhukov, Alexei Lubimov, violinist Earl Carlyss (former Julliard String Quartet member), cellist Natalia Gutman, flutist Claudio Arrimani and other great performers. His performances have been described by critics as "stylistically refined" and "electrifying".


His teachers include Berl Senofsky, Victor Danchenko, Adolf Leshchinsky, and Earl Carlyss. Peter Sirotin founded the Mendelssohn Piano Trio 1997.Currently he is the Associate Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Washington Post critics described his performances as "stylistically refined" and "brilliant."  Visit his website at