Principal conductor

Principal Conductor and Sibelius Festival’s Artistic Director (2016-)

In August 2015 Dima Slobodeniouk was announced as Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Sibelius Festival, a position he takes up from 2016/17 season. Lauded for his deeply informed and intelligent artistic leadership Slobodeniouk is also Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia since September 2013, a position he will combine with his new posts in Lahti. Combining his native Russian roots with his years of musical study in Finland Slobodeniouk draws on the powerful musical strengths of these countries.

Dima Slobodeniouk also maintains a strong presence on concert podiums internationally. The  2015/16 season will see him guest conduct Orchestre National de Lyon, Gothenburg Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Hall, Lucerne Symphony, Iceland Symphony and as a regular guest he returns to Helsinki Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.  He will work with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Baiba Skride, Viktoria Mullova, Tine Thing Helseth, Anssi Karttunen, Ewa Podleś, Barbara Hannigan and Helena Juntunen.

With his passions for a broad scope of repertoire he conducts Beethoven, Verdi, Mahler, Sibelius, Stravinsky to the modern, including works of Jonathan Harvey, the Catalan composer Benet Casablancas, and Magnus Lindberg which will feature the Spanish premiere of his cello concerto. He explores two song cycles of Unsuk Chin (‘Les Silences des Sirenes’ and ‘SnagS and Snarls’).  In spring 2016 the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia tours with Yefim Bronfman to Madrid and with Javier Perianes to Abu Dhabi.

Passionate about working with young musicians of the future Slobodeniouk worked with student musicians of the 2015 Verbier Festival, and he begins a conducting initiative with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia for a ten day period providing an opportunity for students to work on the podium with a professional orchestra.

In 2015 saw the release of a CD of works of Lotta Wennäkoski with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the Ondine label. Maintaining an active collaboration with BIS Records the Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund is presented on the BIS label conducted by Slobodeniouk with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Slobodeniouk, Moscow-born, studied violin at the Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and J. Chugajev continuing at the Conservatory’s Music Institute, Moscow in 1989 and at the Middle Finland’s Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy under Olga Parhomenko. In 1994, participated in the conductors class of Atso Almila.  He continued his Sibelius Academy studies under the guidance of Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Atso Almila. He has also studied under Ilya Musin and Esa-Pekka Salonen.