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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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 conducting 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. Subsequent engagements brought her to the Komische Oper Berlin, the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, and to Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Graz, Nice, Strasbourg and Halle. 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 opera and ballet, a wide variety of symphonic works, contemporary compositions and baroque music.
She often appears as guest conductor with leading ensembles such as the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the WDR and MDR Symphony Orchestras, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg. At the Royal Opera House in London she guested in a production of “La Bohème”.
In the 2020/21 season, she makes her debuts with orchestras including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Brucknerorchester Linz, the Sinfonieorchester Basel as well as - with Dusapin’s „Penthésilea“ – with the Orchestre de Paris. At the Hamburg Opera she conducts „Don Giovanni“, a reinvitation brings her back to the Opéra du Rhin in Straßburg with a new production of „Samson et Dalila“.
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.
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.

2020/2021
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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

Dohnanyi: „Der Schleier der Pierette“ with the RSO Vienna
Schumann "Genoveva Overture" with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Clara Schumann, Klavier Konzert with Ragna Schirmer and Staatskapelle Halle

Contact

Arnold Simmenauer
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 724
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Katja Hippler
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 730
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713