Ariane Matiakh

conductor, chef d'orchestre

Ever since her huge success in replacing James Conlon at short notice in Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony at the Orchestre National de Montpellier in 2006, Ariane Matiakh has established herself internationally as a musician of unusual versatility, conducting operatic, symphonic and ballet repertoire ranging from the Baroque to contemporary works.

A student of, among others, Leopold Hager and Yuji Yuasa in Vienna, she was nominated ‘Discovery of the Year’ in the prestigious 2009 "Révélation des Victoires de la musique" and a finalist in the Donatella Flick LSO competition in 2008.

Whilst studying in Vienna, she was part of Arnold Schoenberg Chor, working with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Adam Fischer.

During her time as First Assistant conductor in Montpellier, she mainly worked with Armin Jordan, James Conlon, Friedemann Layer, Emmanuel Krivine and Alain Altinoglu...

During recent seasons, Ms Matiakh has been a guest at the Dresdner Philharmoniker, the WDR-Symphony Orchestra, the Münchener Rundfunkorchester, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Philharmonique de Nice, Chamber Orchestra of Paris and the Israel Camerata in various different works by Haydn, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Wagner, R. Strauss, Ravel, Debussy, Britten, Lutoslawski, and others.

Opera engagements include La Bohème and La Sonnambula at the Oper Graz, Madama Butterfly and the Rite of Spring at the Gothenburg Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Komische Oper Berlin, Die Zauberflöte in Nice, Werther, Don Pasquale and Giselle at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Die Fledermaus at the Theater Halle, Britten’s The Turn of the screw at the Opéra de Tours, Giselle and the Nutcracker at the Royal Swedish Opera and the Dutch National Ballet.

She has had the pleasure to work in concert with renowned soloists such as Roberto Alagna, François Frédéric Guy, Nicholas Angelich, Olivier Latry, Ewa Kupiec, Anne Gastinel, Gautier Capuçon, Lawrence Power, Julian Steckel, Dimitri Ashkenazy, David Fray, Laure Favre-Kahn and Marielle Nordmann and choreographers such as Maina Gielgud, Eric Margouet and Natalia Makarova.

More recently, Ms Matiakh has conducted the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Dresdner Philharmoniker, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchester, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Werther at the Opera du Rhin, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz at the opening concert of the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Nutcracker for the Dutch National Ballet , Die Zauberflöte at Nice Opera and Madama Butterfly at Göteborg Opera.

Ms Matiakh is a regular guest at the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, with whom she has recorded two CDs for Capriccio. The first one, featuring works by Francis Poulenc and Jean Françaix with piano-duo Mona and Rica Bard, followed by a disc dedicated to works by Johanna Doderer.

Her latest CD for Capriccio, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and featuring the two Piano Concerti of Zara Levina, was released to great critical acclaim and nominated at the 2018 ‘Grammy’ Awards.

With the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin she has recorded two more albums with works by Harald Genzmer and Richard Strauss.

A disc with piano concertos by Clara Schumann and Beethoven, with pianist Ragna Schirmer and the Staatskapelle Halle, was released in September 2017 by the Edel Berlin Classics label.

Higlights of the 2017/18 season include appearances at Opéra du Rhin (Werther) and Gothenburg Opera (Le Sacre du Printemps), as well as debuts with the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig (Smetana, Ma Vlast), the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchester (R. Strauss, Don Juan), the Duisburger Philharmoniker (Bruckner 6), and the Nürnberger Symphoniker, with violinist Nemanja Radulovic.

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


all photos (c) Marco Borggreve