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Dima Slobodeniouk

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Dima Slobodeniouk has been principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the orchestra’s international Sibelius Festival since the 2016-17 season. In addition, he has been music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia since 2013. Linking his native Russian roots with his musical studies in Finland, he draws on the powerful musical heritage of both countries. He works with such ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vienna’s ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester, the London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, and Sydney symphony orchestras. Mr. Slobodeniouk opened the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia’s 2021-22 season in October with works by Alma and Gustav Mahler, featuring soprano Helena Juntunen, followed later in the month by a program of Shostakovich concertos and Weinberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 4. Among his guest conducting engagements this season, he leads the Minnesota Orchestra with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and Dresden Philharmonic with pianist Bertrand Chamayou, and makes a German tour with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. Other soloists he works with include Leif Ove Andsnes, Khatia Buniatishvili, Vilde Frang, Vadim Gluzman, Johannes Moser, Baiba Skride, Simon Trpčeski, Yuja Wang, and Frank Peter Zimmermann. In 2020, BIS released two albums by Mr. Slobodeniouk and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, including suites by Prokofiev and Kalevi Aho’s percussion concerto Sieidi and Symphony No. 5. Other recent additions to his discography include works by Stravinsky with Ilya Gringolts and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and bassoon concertos by Aho and Sebastian Fagerlund with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the latter receiving the BBC Music Magazine award in April 2018. Born in Moscow, Dima Slobodeniouk studied violin at the Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and J. Chugajev, at the Middle Finland Conservatory, and at the Sibelius Academy under Olga Parhomenko. He continued his Sibelius Academy studies with Atso Almila with guidance from Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula, and has also studied under Ilya Musin and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Dima Slobodeniouk has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra twice at Tanglewood, including his BSO debut in August 2018 and a return in August 2019, and once at Symphony Hall, in his October 2019 subscription series debut, conducting Sibelius’s Pohjola’s Daughter, Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor with soloist Truls Mørk, and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5. Mr. Slobodeniouk had been scheduled to return in 2020-21 to lead the BSO in full performances of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, an engagement canceled due to the pandemic emergency.

Last updated: November 4, 2021

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