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
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Biography

In September 2016 Dima Slobodeniouk took up his position as Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Sibelius Festival. Lauded for his deeply informed and intelligent artistic leadership, Dima has also been Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia since September 2013, a position he will combine with his new posts in Lahti. Linking his native Russian roots with his musical studies in Finland, he draws on the powerful musical heritage of these countries.

Dima Slobodeniouk also continues to maintain a strong presence on concert podiums internationally. The 2016/17 season will see him guest conduct London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Baltimore Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic orchestras. He also returns to the SWR Stuttgart Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He will work with Baiba Skride, Khatia Buniatishvili, Paul Lewis, Nikolai Lugansky and Yvgeny Sudbin, among others. Chloë Hanslip, Viktoria Mullova, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Simon Trpčeski, Jean-Guihen Queryas and Kari Kriikku are further soloists whom he regularly works with.


 

Passionate about a vast range of repertoire, Dima conducts music ranging from Beethoven, Verdi, Mahler, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Scriabin to the modern works of John Corigiliano, Kaija Saariaho, Pierre Boulez and Väinö Raitio.

Striving to inspire young musicians of the future, Dima has worked with students at the Verbier Festival Academy over recent years and returned to the festival in 2016. Last year he further began a conducting initiative with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, providing
an opportunity for students to work on the podium with a professional orchestra.
2015 also saw the release of a CD of works by Lotta Wennäkoski with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, published by Ondine. Maintaining an active collaboration with BIS Records, Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund is presented on the label conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

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

SEASON 2016/2017

Quotes

“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

“Dima Slobodeniouk sculpts and paints the mood of this tormented and passionate passage, with precise but varied gestures. Intensely expressive, he never makes the same movements even when revisiting ideas, he spurs on a rhythm and timing in the musicians which is exemplary, submerging them endlessly into the discourse.”

Classiqueinfo.com, Christian Lorandin, 11.05.12

“Slobodeniouk was wonderfully followed by the Orchestra, and he illuminated all the possible colours of the score, all the sharp rhythms, and all the woodwinds’ solo; it was a difficult task to bring such warmth and vitality into this often heavy concerto.”

La Stampa, Giorgio Pestelli, 10.11

“Full marks to clarinettist Christopher Sunqvist, the Gothenberg Symphony and Dima Slobodeniouk for putting all this music across with such power, intelligence and refinement.”

BBC Music Magazine, Stephen Johnson, 9.11

“He demands firm effects: accents, contrasts and organic swelling. And he gets them. Luscious string sounds, harp, percussion and fabulous woodwinds and french horns.”

Leipziger Volkszeitung, Benedikt Lessmann, 29.01.11

“Slobodeniouk gave it a performance to relish. The waltz movement was brisk, nuanced and charming. The sweet, heartfelt Elegie began and ended with a softness palpable as down on a bird’s wing.”

musicincinnati.org, 2.10

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Discography

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