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



Maestra


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. Impromptu for solo piano, premiered July 2011 in Amsterdam with pianist Anne Ku, and shortly thereafter joined the repertoire of 21st century American composers. International piano artist Avguste Antonov  continues to perform this work throughout the world. In October 2011, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra (IL) premiered Caprio for oboe and strings with oboist Joni Day. The Chicago Cello Society premiered Postscript for solo cello May 2012, and Stile Antico for five-voice cello ensemble, in June 2013. Violist Michael Hall performed the world premiere (Arlington Hts. IL) and encore performance at Orchestra Hall (Chicago, IL) of Montegar for viola and strings in the spring of 2014. 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

CHICAGO READING ORCHESTRA









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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 


‘Renaissance 


Woman’


 belongs to 


Kim Diehnelt.”

Maestra Diehnelt

A discerning essayist and energetic public speaker, Maestra 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.

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.

Artistic Director of the Sounds of the South Loop



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

Maestra Diehnelt is Artistic Director of Sounds of the South Loop music series at Second Presbyterian church of Chicago.


Photo  Martin Cheung, courtesy Friends of Historic Second Church


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