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Ariane Matiakh

Ariane Matiakh

In recognition of her services to French musical life and French culture abroad Ariane Matiakh has been appointed 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres' by the French Ministry of Culture in january 2014. 

In december her first recording for the Capriccio-label, featuring works by Francis Poulenc and Jean Françaix, and Ariane conducting the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and piano-duo Mona and Rica Bard will appear.  

This past saison she has conducted at the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz (Lutoslawski piano concerto, Beethoven VII), the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (Poulenc « les Biches », Weill, Milhaud « le boeuf sur le toit »), and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. 

She returned to the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm to conduct  their famous production of « Nutcraker » to great acclaim. 
In Tours she made her highly anticipated and much acclaimed debut at the Opera de Tours in Brittens « The Turn of the screw » which was praised for its 'transparency and dramatic tension in every moment' .

Summer of 2014 she and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne gave performances at two very well visited popular summer festivals: Cornouaille and the Fêtes Maritimes in Douarnenez. Performing a program including Brittens Sea Interludes, and collaborating with the pianist Didier Squiban, a hero in Brittany for Breton-music.

Ever since her huge success replacing James Conlon at very short notice in the 7th Symphony of Shostakovich at the Orchestre National de Montpellier in may 2006, Ariane Matiakh has established a distinctive international profile as a conductor very well suited for the big symphonic repertoire as well as opera and ballet.

Student of among others Leopold Hager and Yuji Yuasa and having had the privilege to assist during her time as chief assistent conductor in Montpellier, maestro's like Armin Jordan, James Conlon, Friedemann Layer, Alain Altinoglu and Lawrence Foster her career has developed well beyond her native french borders.

Winning the prestigious "Révélation des Victoires de la musique" in 2009 and being a laureat of the LSO's Donatella Flick-competition in 2008 resulted in many invitations, in France notably from the Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre de Rouen, Symphony Orchestras of Mulhouse et Avignon, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Toulon, Orchestres Colonne et Lamoureux.

In recent times and with a repertoire ranging from Corelli's Weihnachtskonzert to Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique and R. Strauss Rosenkavalier-Suite she has conducted the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Ravel concerto left hand), WDR-Symphony Orchestra (extracts of Mahler 3, Wagner « Tristan », Webern « Stücke für Orchester »), Muenchener Rundfunkorchester (« Carnaval des animaux »), Bochumer Symphoniker (Beethoven V), Israel Camerata (Haydn 34, Ginastera « concerto for strings ») and has been a regular guest conducting the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. (ao Aus Italien, Rosenkavalier-suite, Symphonie Fantastique)

She has conducted productions of La Boheme and La Sonnambula at the Oper Graz, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Komische Oper Berlin, Don Pasquale at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg and Die Fledermaus at the Opera in Halle, Giselle and Nutcracker at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.

Her conducting of the productions of Giselle at the Opera National du Rhin and "La Boîte à Joujoux" based on music of Debussy for the Opera de Toulon have also both been very successful.

Ariane Matiakh had the pleasure  to work in concert with renowned soloists such as Roberto Alagna, François Frédéric Guy, Nicholas Angelich, Anne Gastinel, Gautier Capuçon, Lawrence Power, David Fray, Kate Aldrich, Laure Favre-Kahn and Marielle Nordmann and choreographes like Maina Gielgud, Eric Margouet or Natalia Makarova.

Exciting upcoming projects include her return to the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz ( Rachmaninov Piano Concerto n2, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade), Aalborg Symphony Orchestra ( Sibelius Pelléas and Mélisande, Debussy La Mer),  the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (Zender/Schubert Winterreise), Orchestre de Tours (Prokofiev: 1st violin-concerto, Schumann 2nd Symphony) and her debuts with the Gävle Symfoniorkester Sweden and the Dresdner Philharmonie. She will also record her second disc for Capriccio with the Second Symphony of Johanna Doderer.

Around Christmas-time Ariane Matiakh will return to conduct the Orchestre National de Montpellier for a prime-time televised concert on French national Television promoting young talent called: 'Les Prodiges'