Principal conductor

Dima Slobodeniouk

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, winning particular praise for his inventive programme planning and deep knowledge of the repertoire. In his conducting, Slobodeniouk combines the cultural and musical heritage of the country of birth, Russia, with that of his adopted homeland, Finland.

Last season Slobodeniouk made his début with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, giving concerts with that orchestra also in Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Tallinn. Other orchestras with which he has worked include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Houston, Baltimore and Sydney.

In the summer of 2019 Slobodeniouk returned to the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and soloist Yefim Bronfman, and will make his début in the orchestra’s main concert series in October. In the near future he will also make his débuts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. He will also return to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Houston Symphony. Soloists at concerts he has conducted include Simon Trpčeski, Sergei Khachatryan, Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, Khatia Buniatishvili, Vilde Frang, Johannes Moser, Truls Mørk, Baiba Skride, Yuja Wang and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

The BIS recording of Kalevi Aho’s Bassoon Concerto on which Slobodeniouk conducts the Lahti Symphony Orchestra won a prestigious BBC Music Magazine Award in 2018, and in July 2019 his BIS disc of piano concertos was released, with the Van Cliburn Competition winner Haochen Zhang as soloist. Other recordings conducted by Slobodeniouk include music by Stravinsky with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and violinist Ilya Gringolts (BIS), works by Lotta Wennäkoski with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Ondine) and music by Sebastian Fagerlund with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (BIS).

Born in Moscow, Dima Slobodeniouk studied the violin at Moscow Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and J. Chugaev, at the Jyväskylä Conservatory and at the Sibelius Academy under Olga Parhomenko. He studied conducting under Atso Almila, Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy, and also under Ilya Musin and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Striving to inspire young musicians of the future, Slobodeniouk has in recent years worked with students at the Verbier Festival Academy and begun a conducting initiative with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, providing an opportunity for students to work on the podium with a professional orchestra.