In the spring of 2018, Martijn Dendievel started as assistant-conductor with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. In this way, the orchestra provides him with the opportunity to learn and grow, gain experience, and become familiar with the multi-faceted aspects of conductorship.
Martijn (°1995) studied music theory and notation, cello and orchestral conducting at the Royal Brussels Conservatory. In 2014 he moved to Weimar in Germany as part of the ERASMUS programme. After a year of study with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, he was admitted to the renowned Weimarer Dirigentenschmiede, where he has been continuing his training since September 2015.
Martijn attended master classes with Bernard Haitink, Christian Thielemann, Edo de Waart and Simone Young. In addition, he is a member of the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrat and won the first prize of the MDR Conducting Competition in December 2018. The next year, in September 2019 he won both the first prize and the public award of the Louis Spohr Conducting Competition in Kassel.
In season 2020-21 he made it to the selection of the Donatella Flick competition. He won the first Conductors' Academy organised by the Tonhalle- Orchester Zürich and Paavo Järvi. In October 2021 he won the Deutscher Dirigentenpreis of the German Music Council.
In 2022 he will take part in the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam.
What is it that an assistant conductor does?
Over a number of seasons, Martijn Dendievel has been assisting the chief conductor, guiding rehearsal moments and has been the musical leader for a number of projects.
From the season 23-24 onwards Martijn will be associate conductor of the orchestra.
"There is no doubt that the experience that I will be able to gain with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, now and in the coming seasons, will be very enriching and stimulating for me."
The Flanders Symphony Orchestra devotes every attention to both young talent and talent development. New courses provide additional support and guidance. Promising conductors, composers, soloists and orchestral musicians are inspired, motivated and enthused at the start of their careers. Together with the young generation, we are building the future!