Martijn Dendievel.




December 2021 | Martijn signs with IMG Artists London for General Management

Martijn is thrilled to anounce his cooperation with IMG Artists London. Federico M. Benigni, which whom Martijn has worked with in the past year, will remain responsible for his general management. 

More info can be found here


October 2021 | First Prize at the German Conductors Award

On Saturday 23 October Martijn won the German Conductors Award 2021. In the final concert he conducted the WDR Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Gürzenich Orchestra together with singers of the opera ensemble and the opera studio of the Cologne Opera. Jury chairman Markus Stenz praised Martijn for his musicality, efficient rehearsal work and colourful interpretation of Maurice Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin, which formed part of the final round. The first prize is awarded with €15,000. In addition, invitations to renowned orchestras in Germany, such as the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra or the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, among others, will follow.

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June 2021 | Finalist at London and Rotterdam Competitions

Only two weeks after the Conductors' Academy with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Martijn was one of the twenty shortlisted candidates for the biennial Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, in which he reached the final round, after two elimination rounds. During the concert, which was broadcast by and which is available for replay using this link, Martijn led the London Symphony Orchestra in works by Verdi, Dvorak and Brahms. Another two weeks later, he was selected as one of the six "designate winners" of the inaugural International Conducting Competition Rotterdam. The finals of the latter will take place in May and June 2022, in which Martijn will lead the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the 18th century, amongst others. 


May 2021 | Jury Prize at the Tonhalle Conductors' Academy

During the first Conductor's Academy, organized by the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Paavo Järvi, Martijn was awarded the jury prize. This award contains an invitation to the Pärnu Music Festival, in which he will take part in the Järvi Academy and conduct the Estonian Festival Orchestra during a masterclass with Paavo and Kristjan Järvi.

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April 2021 | Masterclass with Paavo Järvi

As one of 6 participants, Martijn will conduct the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich from 10-12 May 2021 as part of the Paavo Järvi Academy. In this masterclass, they will work on repertoire by Brahms, Stravinsky and Mozart. Both the masterclass and the final concert on Wednesday evening will be streamed and can be followed via this link


March 2021 | Martijn returns to philharmonie zuidnederland

After a succesful first collaboration with philharmonie zuidnederland (based in Maastricht and Eindhoven) in December 2020, Martijn was invited to conduct a streaming concert on March 5th, live from Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. The program will feature HK Gruber's "Frankenstein!!", which will be sung by Marc Pantus, as well as Ravel's "Pavane pour un infante défunte" and a suite by Martinu. More info can be found on this link.


February 2021 | Martijn signs with Armstrong Music & Arts for General Management

Martijn is thrilled to announce that he will be joining Armstrong Music & Arts for general management worldwide. He will be represented by Federico Benigni and Wray Armstrong. First common projects are being planned for this season. Stay tuned for more info on this new chapter of Martijn's career!

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January 2021 | New Year's concert with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra

Martijn will conduct a Gershwin program with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, where he currently serves as assistant conductor. This concert will be livestreamed on the platform Sound of Ghent and will take place this Sunday, January 17th, at 3:00 PM CET. For the complete program and all info, please click this link


December 2020 | Christmas production with philharmonie zuidnederland

This month, Martijn will make his debut with philharmonie zuidnederland in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He conducts a TV production for the regional TV station Limburg 1. Besides Howard Blake's "The Snowman", the program consists of three traditional Christmas songs, arranged by Roger Niese. 

The broadcast schedule can be found via this link


November 2020 | International Conducting Competition Rotterdam

Martijn is one of the 24 conductors invited to take part in the first edition of the international conducting competition Rotterdam. Because of the pandemic regulations, the competition has been moved from December 2020 to May 2021. The first and second round include repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky, amongst others. 


September 2020 | Invitation to the Donatella Flick competition

In February 2021, Martijn will travel to London to participate in the Donatella Flick Competition, organised by the London Symphony Orchestra. He is one of the 20 conductors invited to take part. The repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Ravel, Wagner, Berlioz and MacMillan. More info on this website.


August 2020 | New season online

The 2020-2021 season schedule is now online. This season begins with one of the opening concerts of the new hall in Muziekcentrum De Bijloke (Ghent, Belgium), where Martijn will lead three performances of a symphonic phantasy based on Gershwins Porgy and Bess, arranged by Iain Farrington. Furthermore, he will conduct concerts with the Kammerakademie Halle, Filharmonie Hradec Kralove, WDR Funkhausorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester, and more. 


June 2020 | Masterclass with Concertgebouworkest and Iván Fischer

Martijn will participate in the annual conducting masterclass, organised by the Concertgebouworkest. In this year, the masterclass will be given by Iván Fischer and will include works by Mahler, Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart. The masterclass will be streamed via the internet. More info: click here


March - April 2020

Unfortunately all planned concerts have been canceled because of the corona crisis. This concerns following dates:

  • April 2020: Kammerakademie Halle, SOV Young Youth Orchestra Ghent
  • May 2020: MDR Sinfonieorchester, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen
  • June 2020: philharmonie Zuidnederland

The situation is particularly difficult for the music scene, but we are trying to make the best out of it and look into the future with hope and fresh energy!

I would like to share with you this little musical greeting from the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Kristiina Poska. It was a pleasure to produce this video for my dear colleagues in Ghent. 

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© Martijn Dendievel, 2020