conductor

The Belarusian conductor Vitali Alekseenok has been chief conductor and musical director of the Abaco Orchestra at the University of Munich since the 2017/18 season. As prizewinner of the MDR Conducting Competition in Leipzig he conducted the MDR Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestras Jena, Gotha, Lviv and Hradec Kralove.

As a guest conductor he made his debut in the production "Escape" with the INSO Orchestra Lviv at the newly founded LvivMozArt Festival in the Ukraine. After the festival he was invited by INSO-Lviv to prepare for the Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria. In summer 2018 Vitali Alekseenok returned to the LvivMozArt Festival and lead two German-Ukrainian musical-social projects in the Eastern Ukraine war zone: a new "Don Giovanni" production as part of the festival Music overcomes walls and a project named Music and Dialogue with music ranging from the renaissance period to world premieres. He also conducted concert series featuring Mahler’s "Song of the Earth" in Thuringia and Stravinsky's "Soldier’s Tale” in St. Petersburg with members of the Mariinsky Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

In the field of opera Vitali Alekseenok has worked as conductor, assistant, and vocal coach in opera houses such as the Theater an der Wien, the Bavarian State Opera, the Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, the Graz Opera, the German National Theatre Weimar, the Varna Opera (Bulgaria) and the Teatro Mancinelli Orvieto (Italy). His engagements involved working with numerous soloists, such as singers Anja Kampe, Albert Dohmen, Iris Vermillion, Okka von der Damerau, Sir Willard White, Lena Belkina, Anatoli Kocherga, Misha Didyk, Manuela Uhl, Tetiana Miyus, Danae Kontora, Yuri Samoilov, Irina Zhytynska, Tetiana Zhuravel; and instrumentalists Vivi Vassileva, Sebastian Klinger, Lionel Cottet, Alexey Stadler, Anna Sophie Dauenhauer, Antony Baryshevsky.

As an assistant Vitali Alekseenok worked closely with Oksana Lyniv, as well as Maurizio Barbacini, Roland Kluttig and Johannes Klumpp. Besides many opera productions, he has also gained experience with several youth orchestras such as the Youth Symphony Orchestras of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Saxony and the New Philharmonia Orchestra Munich performing a wide repertoire of Mahler, R. Strauss, Schostatkovich, Ligeti, Ravel, among others.

Vitali Alekseenok is the founder and artistic director of the ensemble paradigme, which performs works by 20th and 21st century composers, such as Gérard Grisey, Tristan Murail, Paweł Szymański, Anton von Webern, Jörn Arnecke, as well as world premieres by composers from the more recent generation. Together with his ensemble he created a new production of the opera "White Rose" by Udo Zimmermann at the Belvedere Theatre Weimar in autumn 2018. He also conducted his own compositions within the international project "I, culture orchestra" in Gdansk, Poland.

Vitali Alekseenok was born in Belarus in 1991 and received his musical education at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Prof. Aleksander Alekseev, and at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar under Prof. Nicolas Pasquet, Gunter Kahlert and Ekhart Wycik. He has taken part in master classes with Bernard Haitink, Maurizio Barbacini, Bruno Weil, Peter Stark, Marco Guidarini and Rüdiger Bohn amongst others.