Ever since her huge success in replacing James Conlon at very short notice in Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony with 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. During her time as First Assistant conductor in Montpellier, she mainly worked with Armin Jordan and James Conlon.
Most recent engagements include Werther at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, projects with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, The Rite of Spring and a symphonic programme with works by Haydn, Elliot Carter, Albert Roussel et al at Gothenburg Opera, as well as debuts with the MDR Symphonieorchester Leipzig, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Duisburger Philharmoniker, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Ballet Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Ms Matiakh has also conducted the Dresdner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony, the Wuppertal and the Heidelberger Sinfoniker, the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Upsalla Chamber Orchestra, the WDR-Symphony Orchestra, the Münchener Rundfunkorchester, the Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Philharmonique de Nice and the Israel Camerata in works by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Mussorsky, Mahler, Wagner, Ravel, Debussy, Dvorak, Britten, Lutoslawski, Villa-Lobos and others.
In Opera, she has conducted productions of Madama Butterfly at Göteborg Opera, Nutcracker for the Dutch National Ballet, Die Zauberflöte at Nice Opéra, La Bohème and La Sonnambula at the Oper Graz, Le Nozze di Figaro at the Komische Oper Berlin, Don Pasquale at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Die Fledermaus at Theater Halle, Britten’s The Turn of the screw at the Opéra de Tours, Giselle and Nutcracker at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and Giselle at the Opéra National du Rhin.
Ms Matiakh 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, David Fray, Frank Dupree, Kate Aldrich, Laure Favre-Kahn and Marielle Nordmann and choreographers such as Maina Gielgud, Eric Margouet and Natalia Makarova.
Her discography features works by Francis Poulenc and Jean Françaix with piano-duo Mona and Rica Bard, released to great critical acclaim, and works by Johanna von Doderer, both with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and released on the Capriccio label. For Berlin Classics, she has recorded piano concertos by Clara Schumann and Beethoven, with pianist Ragna Schirmer and the Staatskapelle Halle. Her recording of the piano concertos by Zara Levina, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, was released in spring 2017 and nominated for a 'Grammy' award. Two more discs, with the RSO Berlin and works by Harald Genzmer, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Richard Strauss, were released last season.
In the season 2018/19, she returns to the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for a programme of Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Strauss, with pianist Fazil Say at the Konzerthaus Berlin, to Montpellier and the Staatskapelle Halle for symphonic concerts. She will also give debuts with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Royal Ballet in London and the Bregenzer Festspiele, amongst other engagements. For the Capriccio label, she will record the piano concertos by Ernst von Dohnányi.
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.