Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Names New Chief Conductor

By David Salazar

The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra has announced that Dmitry Matvienko will be its new Chief Conductor from August 2024 -2027.

In his new position, Matvienko will not only lead and expand the orchestra’s profile via 21 concerts over the next three years, but offstage he will shape the ensemble’s identity by working with the administration to keep stakeholders, local business partners, and media involved with the organization.

A winner of the 2021 Malko Conducting Competition, he will also be designated to a major role with the “Dirigentløftet,” a four-year national talent development program for young conductors supported by the orchestra and the Ministry of Culture.

“I am honoured to take up the position as Chief Conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra,” Matvienko said in an official press statement issued by the company. “Working with passionate musicians, with an orchestra rich in history and desiring artistic development, in a city proud of its copious cultural life, is an ideal scenario for any conductors. I can’t wait to continue this journey with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and start working on the inspiring programs we have laid out for my first season as Chief Conductor. I hope the audience and the city of Aarhus will support and follow us, bringing meaningful experiences, exploring classic and less known repertoire. Please let us surprise you!”

Matvienko made his debut with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in 2022 and will inaugurate his new tenure on Sept. 12, 2024. Prior to that, he will lead the ensemble in a concert featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Strauss’ “Vier Letzte Lieder.”

Matvienko has conducted concerts with such organizations as Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra Teatro Comunale Bologna, Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, National Orchestra of Russia, Bergen Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice of Venice, Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Concert-Verein, Svetlanov Symphony, the National Philharmonic of Russia, and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, among others.  He has also led opera productions at the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Belarus.