Russian maestro makes Munich debut

Russian maestro makes Munich debut


norman lebrecht

November 21, 2022

Mikko Franck has cancelled this week with the Munich Philharmonic.

Jumping in is the highly-rated Finnish-based Russian Dmitri Slobodeniuk.

The music director’s job has been vacant since Valery Gergiev was fired soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

No pressure, then.


  • Herr Doktor says:

    The two concerts I’ve heard Slobodeniuk conducted the BSO in Boston have been ASTONISHING. They were among the best concerts I’ve heard by any conductors in recent years. I can’t wait to hear him back in Boston!

    Hopefully the Munich Philharmonic has a good connection with him. He deserves a major post somewhere.

  • Gerson says:

    Actually he is Finnish, not Russian.

  • Kman says:

    And he clearly goes by Dima, not Dmitri. Not sure what is being proven here.

  • Ira says:

    Dima is great conductor, and, in all honesty, I would not call him much russian. He grew up in Finland and is more Finnish than most Finns. No need to put his birth place in order to provoce peoples reaction.
    Plus, he has been supporting Ukraine for a long time…
    Overall, great musician and a wonderful human being.

  • Andrew Powell says:

    Honestly I have no enthusiasm for trips to the Isarphilharmonie.

    On Friday I heard a concert in Katowice — and wow, what a hall! Warm, clear, balanced sound. Just superb.

    Yes, the Isarphilharmonie is temporary. But Munich really needs to get its act together! At the moment and for the guaranteed future all we have is the Herkulessaal despite decades of bloviating.

  • trumpetherald says:

    he is fantastic!!!