Dmitrij Kitajenko

Dimitri Kitaenko has been principal guest conductor of the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra since 2012 and is touring Spain with the orchestra in February 2015. In the 2014|15 season he will also perform with orchestras including the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic and he will conduct Qatar Philharmonic's Brahms Cycle. In 2016 he will give a number of concerts with the leading Symphony Orchestras of Japan.

Born in Leningrad, Dimitri Kitaenko studied at the Glinka School of Music and the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory before leaving to study with Leo Ginzburg in Moscow and Hans Swarowsky and Karl Österreicher in Vienna. In 1969 he won a prize at the first International Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin and was appointed principal conductor of the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow at the age of twenty-nine. In 1976 he assumed the post of principal conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic. In 1990 Dimitri Kitaenko came to the West, successively becoming principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as principal guest conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a juror of the International Malko Competition he is committed to supporting the next generation of conductors.

Dmitrij Kitajenko received „Lifetime Achievement Award“ of the ICMA

At the Award Ceremony of the International Classical Music Awards 2015, on 28 March in Ankara, Dimitri Kitaenko received the Lifetime Achievement Award. "With Dimitri Kitaenko we honor a conductor with a long list of first-rate recordings and, first of all, outstanding complete recordings of the symphonies by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. He has marked the interpretation of these works like nobody else", says jury president Remy Franck.

International Classical Music Awards (ICMA)
Dmitrij Kitajenko(c)Paul Leclaire