Ariane Matiakh

Conductor

"In the end - and this I learned from Harnoncourt - one cannot be certain about anything, it remains unprovable. The only option is to feel it, to create something beautiful with taste. This he taught me - to look the human side. "
Ariane Matiakh, VAN Magazin, September 2018
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Ariane Matiakh: New Chief Conductor of the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen

Ariane Matiakh will take up her post as Chief Conductor at the beginning of the 2022/23 season in Reutlingen, but will already be involved in the planning for the coming seasons. She is the first woman to hold the position of artistic direction of the orchestra.

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Biography

Versatility, musicality and technical precision, and above all a natural and passionate approach are trademark features of French conductor Ariane Matiakh. The daughter of two opera singers, she grew up in an exceptionally musical environment and learnt to play the piano at an early age. Later, she studied orchestral conducting in Vienna, where she also sang in the renowned Arnold Schoenberg Choir under conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Adam Fischer. Particularly formative experiences during her comprehensive training include the time she spent studying with Leopold Hager and Seiji Ozawa.
Her first appointment as assistant conductor in an opera house was at the Opéra et Orchestre de Montpellier, where she worked closely together with James Conlon, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine and Alain Altinoglu, among others. Opera engagements in recent years included a production of “La Bohème” at the Royal Opera house Covent Garden, a re-invitation brought her to the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg for a new production of “Samson et Dalila” and in the summer of 2022 she conducted Bizet's "Carmen" in a production by Calixto Bieito at the Norske Opera in Oslo.

She often appears as guest conductor with leading ensembles such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the WDR, hr and MDR Symphony Orchestras, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and followed among others invitations to the Komische Oper Berlin, the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, the Royal Opera London to Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Oslo, Graz, Nice, Strasbourg and Hamburg. In 2009, she was nominated “Discovery of the Year” by the most important music prize in France, the “Révélation des Victoires de la musique”.
„In the end - and this I learned from Harnoncourt - one cannot be certain about anything, it remains unprovable. The only option is to feel it, to create something beautiful with taste. This he taught me - to look the human side. ”Ariane Matiakh, VAN Magazin, September 2018
Today, Ariane Matiakh's repertoire covers from numerous operas to a wide spectrum of symphonic works and ballets from the music of the Baroque period to contemporary compositions. In the last season she conducted among others three world premieres: a violin concerto by Bryce Dessner with Pekka Kuusisto and the hr symphony orchestra, the world premiere of „Eclairs“ by Philippe Hersant at the Opéra Comique in Paris as well as the world premiere of the harp concerto by Sally Beamish at the PROMS in London, with the BBC Orchestra of Wales and Anneleen Lenaerts.

Ariane Matiakh’s versatility and the joy she experiences when making musical discoveries is also reflected in her discography. For the Capriccio label, she recorded the works of Johanna Doderer as well as a CD with music by Francis Poulenc and Jean Françaix; in 2018, she received a Grammy nomination for her Capriccio recording of both piano concertos by Zara Levina with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. As part of a further collaboration with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, she recorded works by Harald Genzmer, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Richard Strauss. Berlin Classic released a recording with piano concertos by Clara Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Ragna Schirmer and the Staatskapelle Halle.

At the beginning of the 2022/23 season, Ariane Matiakh will take up her post as principal conductor of the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, which she will accompany not only during the Reutlingen season but also on guest tours to Stuttgart, Vienna and Aschaffenburg, among other places. For her first season, Ariane Matiakh was able to win over soloists such as Lawrence Power, Alexander Melnikov and the horn player Christoph Ess and introduces young talents such as the pianist Roman Borisov.

In the upcoming season 2022/23 Ariane Matiakh follows among others re-invitations of the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Orchestre de Paris, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, to conduct Duruflé's Requiem and subsequently open the season in Bordeaux. Other season highlights will include repeated collaborations with the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg for a new production of "La voix humaine" (director - Katie Mitchell) and debuts with the Orchestre Métropolitaine in Montréal and the Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, among others.

In recognition of her achievements in French musical life and representing French culture abroad, Ariane Matiakh was awarded the “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French ministry of culture in 2014.

2022 / 2023
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Schedule

21.07.2022
19:00 Uhr
GB / London - Royal Albert Hall -
Ariane Matiakh, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Catrin Finch
24.07.2022
19:30 Uhr
GB / Cardiff - City Hall -
Ariane Matiakh, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Anneleen Lenaerts, Catrin Finch, Anne-Maris O’Farrell
31.07.2022
16:00 Uhr
CA / Joliette - -
Ariane Matiakh, Orchestre Métropolitain
27.08.2022
19:30 Uhr
/ Freyberg - Rotkäppchen-Kellerei / Lichthof -
Ariane Matiakh, MDR-Sinfonieorchester, Alexandra Soumm
01.09.2022
FR / Bordeaux Festival Ravel 1 - -
Ariane Matiakh, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, Patricia Petibon
02.09.2022
FR / Bordeaux Festival Ravel 2 - -
Ariane Matiakh, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, Patricia Petibon
10.09.2022
20:00 Uhr
FR / Bordeaux - Auditorium - Salle Dutilleux
Ariane Matiakh, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, Marie-Laure Garnier, Andreï Kimach
11.09.2022
15:00 Uhr
FR / Bordeaux - Auditorium - Salle Dutilleux
Ariane Matiakh, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, Marie-Laure Garnier, Andreï Kimach
19.09.2022
20:00 Uhr
DE / Reutlingen - Stadthalle Reutlingen im Bürgerpark -
Ariane Matiakh, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Lawrence Power

Discography

Strauss & Wolf-Ferrari
Richard Strauss
Aus Italien

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Suite Veneziana

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Ariane Mathiak - Conductor

Capriccio, May 2018

Genzmer Concerti
Harald Genzmer
Piano Concerto
Cello Concerto
Trombone Concerto

Oliver Triendl - Piano
Patrick Demenga - Cello
Jörgen van Rijen - Trombone
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Ariane Mathiak - Conductor

Capriccio, November 2017


Clara
Clara Schumann
Piano Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto Nr. 4

Ragna Schirmer - Piano
Staatskapelle Halle
Ariane Mathial - Conductor

Berlin Classics, September 2017

Zara Levina
Zara Levina
Piano Concerto 1 & 2

Maria Lettberg - Piano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Ariane Mathiak - Conductor

Capriccio, February 2017

Poulenc - Françaix
Francis Poulenc
Concerto for two pianos.
Les Animaux modèles.



Jean Françaix
Concerto for two pianos.

Mona and Rica Bard - Piano
Deutschen Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Ariane Mathiak - Conductor

Deutschlandradio Kultur, April 2015

Johanna Doderer
Johanna Doderer
Symphony 2
Violin Concerto 2

Anne Schwanewilms - Soprano
Yuri Revich - Violin
Deutschen Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Ariane Mathiak - Conductor

Videos

Dusapin: Penthesilea with the Orchestre de Paris
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite op. 80 (Karajan-Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker)
Koechlin: Vers la voûte étoilée with the hr Symphony Orchestra
Dohnanyi: „Der Schleier der Pierette“ with the RSO Vienna

Contact

Katja Hippler
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