Dima Slobodeniouk took over as principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra 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.
Orchestras with which he has worked include the Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston, Chicago and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Soloists at concerts he has conducted include Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, 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. His other BIS recordings include music by Stravinsky with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and violinist Ilya Gringolts, and works by Sebastian Fagerlund with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Moscow, Dima Slobodeniouk studied the violin at Moscow Central Music School, Jyväskylä Conservatory and Sibelius Academy. He studied conducting under Atso Almila, Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy, and also under Ilya Musin and Esa-Pekka Salonen. 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.
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