Ariane Matiakh

conductor, chef d'orchestre

Ever since her huge success in replacing James Conlon at very 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 chosen a Laureate of the Donatella Flick LSO competition in 2008.

In Vienna she also was a part of the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and had the pleasure to sing under the baton of 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, Alain Altinoglu... 


 Most recently, she has conducted the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Dresdner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Madama Butterfly at Göteborg Opera, Nutcracker for the Dutch National Ballet , Die Zauberflöte at Nice Opera and the Staatsphilharmonic Rheinland-Pfalz at the opening concert of the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau.

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.

She continued her collaboration with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin recording two other CD, dedicated to the work of Harald Genzmer and Richard Strauss.

For the label Edel Berlin Classics, she just recorded two Concerti of Clara Schumann and Beethoven with the pianist Ragna Schirmer and the Staatskapelle Halle. It will be release later this year.

During recent seasons, she has been a regular 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, Tchaikovsky, Mussorsky, Mahler, Wagner, Ravel, Debussy, Britten, Lutoslawski, and others.

In Opera, Ms Matiakh has conducted productions of La Bohème and La Sonnambula at the Oper Graz, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Komische Oper Berlin, Die Zauberflöte in Nice, 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, 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.

Other engagements in 2017/18 include concerts with the Leipzig MDR (Smetana, Ma Vlast), The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchester (R. Strauss, Don Juan), The Duisburg Philharmonic (Bruckner 6), at the Opéra du Rhin (Werther), in Gothenburg Opera (Le Sacre du Printemps) and in Nuernberg SO with Nemanja Radulovic as soloist. She will return later at the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchester for a concert R. Strauss. 

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