Principal conductor

Dima Slobodeniouk

Lauded for his deeply informed and intelligent artistic leadership, Dima Slobodeniouk took over as principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the Sibelius Festival in the autumn of 2016. Since September 2013 he has also been music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia. 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.

Slobodeniouk 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. 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.

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 Psalms with the ORF-Choir, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in their 75th season with Truls Mørk and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona.

He opened the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia’s season with Mahler Symphony No. 9. With the Lahti Symphony Orchestra he was 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 and Wennäkoski.

Slobodeniouk’s discography was recently extended by recordings of Prokofiev Suites with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, 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. 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.