About this Artist
Heralded by the prestigious London publication Musical Opinion as "...among the finest young maestros working anywhere in the world today" and reviewed as "...no less than genial...with vitality, passion, and diabolic precision, he is an authentic creator-transmitter of beauty, a volcano, with gestures that recall the young Bernstein" (The Marseillaise, France), dynamic conductor ENRIQUE ARTURO DIEMECKE has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of both the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, and the Flint Symphony Orchestra (Michigan) since 1990 and is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Montpellier in France.
In great demand as a guest conductor, Maestro Diemecke's 1999-2000 season includes appearances with the Charlotte Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Flint Symphony, Florida Orchestra and Grant Park Music Festival. Looking ahead to the 2000-2001 season, he appears with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, London's BBC Symphony, and the symphonies of Charlotte, Columbus, Hartford, Phoenix and Winnipeg. Maestro Diemecke has additionally been guest conductor of such distinguished orchestras as the American Symphony, National Symphony (DC), and Baltimore, Houston, Fort Worth, Minnesota, Colorado, and Pacific Symphonies.
Maestro Diemecke served as Resident Conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and after being awarded the Exxon Arts Endowment Conductors Prize in 1983, he was selected to work as associate conductor with David Zinman and the Rochester Philharmonic. He has collaborated with such eminent soloists as Rostropovich, Ma, Shankar, Pogorelich, Amoyal, Midori, Mintz, Szeryng, Domingo and von Stade. He is also frequently invited to festivals such as the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, Finger Lakes (New York), Wolf Trap, Autunno Musicale a Como (Italy), Europalia (Brussels), World Fair Expo Sevilla (Spain), and Festival International Radio France.
Internationally, Maestro Diemecke was recently invited to direct the National Orchestra of France in Paris for the Victoires de la Musique Classique et Jazz, broadcast on national television and radio. He was joined by international soloists Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maria Joao Pires, and Pierre Amoyal. He later led the Orchestre Philharmonique
National de Montpellier on a European tour with concerts in Paris and Milan. A regular conductor in South America, he has served as Music Director of the Bellas Artes Opera of Mexico City and the National Ballet of Mexico, and has conducted the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and Simon Bolivar of Venezuela Symphony.
In April 1999, Mo. Diemecke led the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico on an amazingly well-received U.S. West Coast tour. This tour paid homage to Mexico's famed composers, Silvestre Revueltas and Carlos Chavez, as Mexico celebrated the 100th anniversary of their births.
Highlights of Maestro Diemecke's international career include conducting the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico in the finals of the Placido Domingo World Opera Contest, "Operalia 1994," broadcast live worldwide; Mahler's Symphonies in a memorable festival with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico; the Festival Series of the New Zealand Auckland Philharmonia; and new productions of Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander, Lohengrin (1996), and Boris Godunov (1997) for the Opera de Bella Artes.
In October 1998, Maestro Diemecke was honored for the ten years he has led the Flint Symphony Orchestra. October 10th was declared "Enrique Diemecke Day" in the city and he was also presented with the Key to the City by Mayor Woodrow Stanley. An increasingly celebrated composer, Diemecke received a commission to write a tone poem for the Flint
Symphony's next season. He conducted his own composition, Die-Sir-E, commissioned by Radio France Festival for the World Cup France 1998. This piece was also performed during the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico's April 1999 U.S. tour and his Chacona-a-Chavez has received many performances both in Europe and The United States.
In 1993, Diemecke was signed by Sony Music to record music by Revueltas, Chavez, and Moncayo. This recording sold 20 thousand copies in six months, reaching the top-ten sales in Mexico, a position held for more than one year that earned him a Golden Record Award. Other releases have included the music of Villa-Lobos and Revueltas on Dorian Records with the
Simon Bolivar Orchestra.
Enrique Diemecke comes from a German family of classical musicians. He began to play the violin at the age of six and studied with the renowned Henryk Szeryng; he has also played French horn, piano and percussion since age nine. He went on to study at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. In addition, he studied with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors on a scholarship granted by Madame Pierre Monteux.