“Masterful balance: Slobodeniouk’s technique is outstanding – One is dazzled by his precision, his elegance, which makes any extra movements superfluous, by his presence of mind in the rhythmically challenging passages and by his fine feeling for orchestral colour.” Rheinpfalz
Dima Slobodeniouk combines his native Russian roots with his years of musical study in Finland, where he now makes his home. Drawing together the powerful musical strengths of these countries has placed Slobodeniouk as one of today’s younger generation of deeply informed and intelligent artistic leaders on the podium.
Based on a consistent re-invitation rate from the past season, 2010/11 season will see Slobodeniouk return to the Orchestre de Paris with Gil Shaham as soloist, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Ulster Orchestra and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. He makes debuts with the Dresden Philharmonie with Håkan Hardenberger as soloist, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg with Alexander Toradze as soloist, Malmö Orchestra with Arabella Steinbacher, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio with Lise da la Salle, Orchestra of St. Gallen with Yvgeny Sudbin, and with Avanti!, Finland’s leading chamber ensemble, he directs a programme with Monica Groop.
2009/10 saw Slobodeniouk make impressive debuts resulting in reinvitations as mentioned to l’Orchestre de Paris and also Netherlands Philharmonic in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Luzerner Symfonieorchester, and the Orchestra Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. He made his USA debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and returned to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ochestra of RAI Turin, and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
As Principal Conductor of the Oulu Symphony (2005-2008) he led both a season of concerts and opera productions including Les Contes d’Hoffman, Don Giovanni, Gluck’s Orfeo e Eurydice. In May 2010 he returned to the Royal Opera House, Stockholm to conduct Tosca where he had previously made his debut with Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel.
Slobodeniouk is becoming widely appreciated for his collaborations with peer composers. As Artistic Director of the 2009 Korsholm Music Festival he featured the works of Sebastian Fagerlund. This young Finnish composer will be presented on a BIS recording conducted by Slobodeniouk with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (release: Spring 2011). Also in 2010/11 season he will premiere works of Miriam Tally, Olli Kortegangas and he joins the Stavanger Symphony for a festival featuring the works of Steve Reich.
Slobodeniouk, Moscow-born, studied violin at the Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and J. Chugajev between 1980-1989. He continued 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, Slobodeniouk also started his conductor studies participating in the class of Atso Almila between the years 1996-1998. He continued his studies at the Sibelius Academy under the guidance of Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Atso Almila. He has also studied under Ilja Musinin and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
In February 2013 Dima Slobodeniouk is announced as the new Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia from the 2013/14 season. See more at http://www.sinfonicadegalicia.com