Biography

About Dima

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Lauded for his deeply informed and intelligent artistic leadership, Dima Slobodeniouk has held the position of Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia since 2013, which he combines with his positions as Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Sibelius Festival following his appointment in 2016. Linking his native Russian roots with the cultural influence of his later homeland Finland, he draws on the powerful musical heritage of these two countries.

He works with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago, Baltimore as well as Sydney and NHK Symphony Orchestras.

The 2020/21 sees highlights such as Slobodeniouk’s debuts with Stockholm Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra to conduct Stravinsky’s complete Firebird, to the Minnesota Orchestra hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien including Scriabin’s Prometheus and Stravinsky Symphony of Paslms with the ORF-Choir, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in their 75 th season with Truls Mørk and Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona.

He opens the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia’s season with Mahler Symphony No.9. With the Lahti Symphony Orchestra he is excited to open the season with works by five young composers including Olli Moilanen, Petros Paukkunen, Lara Poe Stephen Webb and Dante Thelestam as part of The Sibelius Festival Nursery project. All these young composers have created their works during the spring under the tutelage of eminent composers including, Haapanen, Whittall, Fagerlund, Talvitie, Wennäkoski. Soloists he works with include Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, Khatia Buniatishvili, Vadim Gluzman, Håkan Hardenberger, Johannes Moser, Truls Mørk, Baiba Skride, Yuja Wang and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Slobodeniouk sped the orchestra into a hail of thundering timpani and exalted brass, the moment ranked among the most sublime in Beethoven’s entire oeuvre.

The Houston Chronicle

Slobodeniouk’s discography was recently extended by recordings of Prokofiev Suites with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra works, with whom he previously he recorded works by Kalevi Aho (BIS). The latter received the BBC Music Magazine award in 2018. He has recorded works by Stravinsky with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (BIS), Perttu Haapanen and Lotta Wennäkoski with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Ondine) and works by Sebastian Fagerlund with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (BIS).

Moscow-born Dima Slobodeniouk studied violin at Moscow Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and Jevgenia Chugajev, at the Middle Finland Conservatory as well as the Sibelius Academy under Olga Parhomenko. He studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy under the guidance of Leif Segerstam, Atso Almila and Jorma Panula, he also studied under Ilya Musin and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Striving to inspire young musicians of the future.

Continuing his work in education Slobodeniouk began a conducting initiative with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, providing an opportunity for students to work on the podium with a professional orchestra.

Updated: July 2020