A change of conductor and change of programme on Sunday 8 January at 6 pm - Auditorium Rainier III, Salle Yakov Kreizberg
Conductor Dima Slobodeniouk will step in to replace Jaap van Zweden, who is unable to perform due to illness.
Dima Slobodeniouk combines his Russian roots with his years of musical studies in Finland, where he now lives.
By combining the musical strengths of both countries, he is now considered one of the most talented and knowledgeable new generation conductors.
Dima Slobodeniouk was born in Moscow and studied the violin at the central school of music with Zinaida Gilels and J. Chugajev from 1980 to 1989. He went on to study in Finland, at the Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy with Olga Parhomenko.
In 1994 he participated in Atso Amila's conducting classes, and also received guidance from Ilja Musinin and Esa-Pekka Salonen, not forgetting Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Atso Almila.
As Principal guest conductor of the Oulu Symphony Orchestra (2005-2008) he conducted subscription concerts, as well as operatic works such as the Tales of Hoffman, Don Giovanni and Orfeo e Eurydice.
During the 2009/2010 season he received wide acclaim for his debuts with the Orchestre de Paris (with whom he was invited to perform again), as well as at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic, then the Luzerner Symfonieorchester and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, in Lugano, not forgetting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In the United States he conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In May 2010 he conducted Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Stockholm, where he made his debuts with Prokofiev's Fiery Angel.
Dima Slobodeniouk is widely acclaimed for his collaboration with contemporary composers. He was Artistic Director of the Korsholm Festival of Music in 2009, and programmed works by the Finnish composer Sébastien Fagerlung, some of whose works he had recorded for BIS Records with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
He returned to the Orchestre de Paris for the 2010/2011 season, with Gil Shahman, in Prokofiev's 2nd Concerto, then as leader of the Netherlands Orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic; Finland: the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic; Ireland: The Ulster Orchestra; Sweden: the Malmö Orchestra with Arabella Steinbacher; Germany: the Frankfurt Heissicher Rundfunkorchester with Lise de la Salle, to mention just a few.
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.6, "Pathétique"