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Dmitrij Kitajenko, Dirigent

Dmitri Kitayenko is one of the greatest conductors of our time. He conducts prestigious orchestras across Europe, America and Asia. Honorary conductor of the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, his collaboration with the orchestra has spanned decades. They have recorded  the complete symphonic works of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff, as well as Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta, winning countless international prizes.  For his life’s work and outstanding recordings Kitayenko received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” of the ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) in 2015. Since 2012 he has also been principal guest conductor of the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra.

Born in Leningrad, Dmitri Kitayenko 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 assumed the post of principal conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic in 1976. In 1990 he 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.