"The baton in the hands of Maestra Kim Diehnelt inspires confidence. She knows exactly what the music needs and has the craft to attain it."

-- EL Herald, Aguascalientes


Kim Diehnelt

“An iconoclast for today’s classical music.”

European and US Formation

Maestra Kim Diehnelt established her craft as conductor, composer, and artistic coach in both Finland and Switzerland leading Baltic, Russian and European ensembles. In Helsinki, Maestra Diehnelt founded the Helsinki Camerata, a group dedicated to a chamber music approach to orchestral performance. Maestra Diehnelt works as a change agent guiding audiences and orchestras toward a more fully engaged experience of live classical music.

Guest Conductor

Maestra Diehnelt is an active guest conductor in the United States and abroad. She received strong praise for her interpretation of the music of Sibelius as Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica de Aguascalientes (Mexico). Further guest conducting includes:

South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic)

Seinäjoki Symphony Orchestra (Finland)

Waukegan Symphony Orchestra (IL)

Rose City Chamber Orchestra (OR)

Civic Orchestra (Chicago, IL)

Marshall Area Youth Orchestra (MN)

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra (IL)

VanderCook College of Music Orchestra (Chicago, IL)

Aspen Music Festival

Current Posts

Northwest Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor

Sounds of the South Loop Music Series  Artistic Director

World-Class Composer, Essayist and Educator

Maestra Diehnelt’s composition has quickly found world premieres and is reaching ever-widening audiences through repeated performances.

In 2015, Maestra Diehnelt was selected as Semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition – Professional Orchestra division.

In January 2015 the quartet version of Caprio saw performances in Chicago (Metropolis Oboe Quartet) and in New York (Face the Music). Maestra’s oeuvre show a refined use of time and gesture, frequently employing counterpoint and modern-modal tonalities within a succinct time frame. Available recordings may be accessed here.

Maestra Diehnelt’s pacing and style reflect an inherent understanding of rhetoric and dramatic flow. She has been praised for her “unusual talent to communicate through the orchestra to her audience”. 

“Always get your music live!”

Maestra Kim Diehnelt

“Playing Mahler's 5th

 Symphony under Kim

 Diehnelt was one of the

 most profound musical

 experiences of my life.

 The focus, intensity,

 the passion - she pulled

 stuff out of us that I had

 never heard before. One of those experiences 

that you never forget.”

Michael Goode,

Founder and Principal Trumpet


<May 2016>

On the Podium

Music Director & Conductor
Positions from 1992-2012 include:
Southwest Minnesota Orchestra
South Loop Symphony
Chicago Reading Orchestra
Helsinki Community College Orchestra
Musicology Department of
Helsinki University (Director of Chamber Music)

“The term 



 belongs to 

Kim Diehnelt.”

Artistic Director of the Sounds of the South Loop

"Chicago's most intense and imaginative music series."

Photo  Martin Cheung, courtesy Friends of Historic Second Church

Sheet Music Plus

Sheet Music Plus Classical

Founding Member of North American Elgar Society

Acknowledged as an authority on the music of Edward Elgar, the Elgar Society in England has sponsored Maestra Diehnelt’s conducting of Elgar’s Symphony No.1, the tone-poem, In the South, and the Cockaigne Overture. In 2010, Ms. Diehnelt was invited to be a founding member of the North America Branch of the Elgar Society.

Guide to Commissioning Works

You may want to commission a work in honor of a special person or event, offer it as a gift or tribute, or use it to provide repertoire for outstanding artists or instrument types.

A guideline for commissioning rates is available through New Music USA.

allows anyone to  participate in bringing beauty and art into our world.

Maestra Diehnelt

A discerning essayist and energetic public speaker, Maestra Kim Diehnelt also presents her well-received and innovative Classical Connoisseur© program, a wine-tasting approach to music, and serves as an occasional commentator on classical radio.



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