Martijn Dendievel


Associate Conductor of the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen


Martijn Dendievel is the winner of the 2021 German Conductors’ Award (Deutscher Dirigentenpreis) and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich and Paavo Järvi Conductors Academy, as well as laureate of the LSO Donatella Flick Competition. He is a finalist at the inaugural ICCR – International Conducting Competition Rotterdam, which will take place in May 2022.

Passionate about discovering new pieces in addition to the main repertoire, Martijn is currently Associate Conductor of the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, whilst he finishes his conducting studies in the class of Prof. Nicolás Pasquet and Prof. Ekhart Wycik at the renowned Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. Prior to this, he served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Academic Orchestra Halle from 2016 to 2020.

He regularly appears with orchestras and theatres such as the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, amongst others, and in the current season, Martijn will make his debut with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and he returns to the MDR Symphony Orchestra and the Hofer Symphoniker.

Over the last few years, Martijn has conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle Orchester, WDR Orchester Cologne, Gürzenich Orchester Cologne, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival, Dortmund Philharmonic and the Bremen Philharmonic, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Jena Philharmonic, and the Staatskapelle Weimar.

He has been selected as one of the “Maestros von Morgen” of the Forum Dirigieren of the German Music Council (formerly Dirigentenforum) and has received important impules from mentors such as Bernard Haitink, Ivan Fischer, Edo de Vaart, Paavo Järvi and Christian Thielemann, amongst others.

Apart from the music language, Martijn speaks fluently Dutch, French, Italian, German, English, Spanish and Swedish.

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“First you heard the breathtaking silence of the audience and then an applause broke out, a standing ovation of minutes, after Martijn Dendievel’s debut as conductor in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

“Something was about to happen here that would be talked about for a long time to come. Not so much about the works themselves, but about that unknown young conductor’s approach to those works, his collaboration with the orchestra members, with the soloists, the fusion, his expressive facial expression, his meticulous recording…

“Mark my words: our young Flemish conductor made history this afternoon. He immediately placed himself in the long line of world-renowned conductors who took to the stage of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and gave legendary concerts. And yes, I would like to call this Schubert version legendary. An extremely rare visionary interpretation, full of emotion, openness, catchy solos that flow into each other in the greatest harmony.

“Martijn Dendievel, remember the name. He is one of those rare great conductors.”

Ludwig Van Mechelen

Klassiek Centraal