"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.

World-Class Composer, Essayist and Educator

Described as a “Nordic Palestrina” Maestra Diehnelt’s works possess a lyrical, vocal quality with an attention to beauty and the sense of an unfolding story. Her 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). Recent performances of the full string-orchestra version include the Womens Community Orchestra in Oakland CA in 2016 and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in 2017. 

for unaccompanied cello, commissioned to pair with the Bach cello suites, was  called “smashing success for cellist and composer alike” at its premiere in May 2016.

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

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”.

Current Posts

Northwest Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor


“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


<April 2017>

Maestra Diehnelt's Sheet Music Available

Sheet Music Plus Classical

Conductor. Composer. Artistic Coach.

“The term 



 belongs to 

Kim Diehnelt.”

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.

Commissioning lets you bring beauty and art into the world!

Founding Member of North American Elgar Society

Acknowledged as an authority on the music of Edward Elgar,  Maestra Diehnelt was invited to be a founding member of the  North America Branch of the Elgar Society.  

The Elgar Society in England has sponsored Maestra Diehnelt’s conducting of Elgar’s works. Her string quartet arrangements of Elgar's Sea Pictures and the Adagio from Symphony No. 1 received  premieres  at the Elgar  Society  conference in Chicago, 2016.



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