Dima Slobodeniouk

Dima Slobudeniouk has held the position of Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia since 2013, which he combines with his positions as Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Sibelius Festival following his appointment in 2016. Linking his native Russian roots with the cultural influence of his later homeland Finland, he draws on the powerful musical heritage of these two countries. Born in Moscow, Slobodeniouk received his musical education in Russia and Finland. His ability to combine the musical traditions and expression of both countries makes him one of the most interesting representatives of the young generation of conductors.

In the past seasons, Dima Slobodeniouk has already worked with renowned orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Soloists with whom he performs include Isabelle Faust, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Leif Ove Andsnes, Khatia Buniatishvili, Vilde Frang, Baiba Skride, Yuja Wang and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Dima Slobodeniouk studied violin at Moscow Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and Jevgenia Chugajev, at the Middle Finland Conservatory as well as the Sibelius Academy under Olga Parhomenko. He studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy under the guidance of Leif Segerstam, Atso Almila and Jorma Panula, he also studied under Ilya Musin and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Striving to inspire young musicians of the future.

Continuing his work in education Slobodeniouk began a conducting initiative with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, providing an opportunity for students to work on the podium with a professional orchestra.