Dima Slobodeniouk
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„Full marks to Dima Slobodeniouk for putting all this music across with such power, intelligence and refinement.“

BBC Music Magazine
19 / 24


Dima Slobodeniouk is Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Sibelius Festival. Lauded for his deeply informed and intelligent artistic leadership, Slobodeniouk is also Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, a position, since 2013 that he combines with his more recent post in Lahti, since 2016. Linking his native Russian roots with his musical studies in Finland, he draws on the powerful musical heritage of these countries.

In 2017/18 Dima Slobodeniouk will also make debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks as well as with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Returns include the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley in a premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s “At-swim-two-birds”, the Dutch premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and bayan with soloists Baiba Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Elsbeth Moser and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also return to Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lyon.


In Lahti, Slobodeniouk opens next season with the world premiere of Kerkko Koskinen’s concerto for two saxophones. On the London Symphony Orchestra’s recent Nordic tour, Slobodeniouk made a sensational ‘stand in’ for an indisposed Michael Tilson Thomas, bringing orchestra and the Lahti audience to its feet after a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yuja Wang and Nielsen Symphony No. 5. In Galicia he will open next season with Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony followed by a national tour with Ivo Pogorelich. Other soloists in the season include Baiba Skride, Nicolas Alstaedt and Khatia Buniatishvili, Leif Ove Andsnes, Ning Feng and Truls Mørk

Slobodeniouk’s discography comprises works by Lotta Wennäkoski with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Ondine). Maintaining an active collaboration with BIS Records, he has recorded Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and forthcoming CDs for BIS include works of Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Kalevi Aho.

Moscow-born Dima Slobodeniouk studied violin at the Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and J. Chugajev, the Middle Finland Conservatory as well as the Sibelius Academy under Olga Parhomenko. He continued his Sibelius Academy studies with Atso Almila also under the guidance of Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula, and has also studied under Ilya Musin and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Striving to inspire young musicians of the future, Slobodeniouk has worked with students at the Verbier Festival Academy over recent years and furthermore he began a conducting initiative with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, providing an opportunity for students to work on the podium with a professional orchestra. 

SEASON 2017/2018


“In Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 Dima Slobodeniouk once more enthused with precisely shaped sound aesthetics, allowing a dance-like ease and transparency to flourish. […] For the quiet, accurate notes the conductor whirled about on his pedestal, and when the tutti roared, he almost kept still - like a captain on the stormy sea. And he smiled contentedly. With good reason: Bravos from the audience.”

Kölnische Rundschau, Olaf Weiden, 04.10.16

“It was all the piece, of course but if a passage has to be selected as an example, my choice would be the beginning of the [Verdi] Requiem that Dima conducted with exceptional sensitivity, achieving wonderful pianissimos from the strings and the choir.”

La Opinion, Julio Andrade Malde, 15.05.16

“The Russian guest conductor is a specialist for contemporary sounds; he transforms Ligeti’s score into a fantastical dance macabre with many fascinating sound effects.”

Der Westen, Monika Willer, 15.02.15

“Slobodeniouk demonstrated a dynamically perfect presentation, and succeeded in leading more then one hundred musicians faithfully through the most subtle pianissimos to extreme sonority – without errors nor distortions.”

La Opinión A Coruna, Julio Andrade Malde. 05.05.2014

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Sebastian Fagerlund IsolaDima Slobodeniouk conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in this recording of Fagerlund’s worksMay. 2011, BIS, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Wennäkoski, Avanti!A disc featuring music by Lotta WennäkoskiNov. 2009, Alba Records, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
KymiScenesDima Slobodeniouk conducts the Kymi Sinfonietta, performing works by Uuno KlamiDec. 2007, Alba Records, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Seppo Pohjola Chamber WorksFeaturing Dima Slobodeniouk and the Zagros Ensemble in works by PohjolaApr. 2004, Alba Records, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon