Vitali Alekseenok fascinates with his pervading musicality and well-rounded interpretations, as well as his open and at the same time profound personality as one of the most exciting talents of the young generation of conductors.
He entered the spotlight of international attention in 2021 with first place at the Arturo Toscanini Conducting Competition in Parma, where he also received the Audience Award and the prize for the best performance of a Verdi opera, among other prizes.
Since November 2022 Alekseenok has been the Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf, Germany), where he conducts revivals of Turandot, Tosca, Hansel and Gretel and The Magic Flute, as well as the new production of Sacre with works by Igor Stravinsky and Richard Strauss.
He also gave his debut at the Teatro alla Scala with the world premiere of the opera Il Piccolo Principe in 2022/23, along with having concerts at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Ludwigsburg Festival, and with Klangforum Wien. In December 2022 Alekseenok was named the Principal Guest Conductor at Teatro Massimo Bellini.
In previous seasons he has conducted orchestras such as the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Weimar, Lucerne Festival Strings, Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, Kyiv Symphony Orchestra, among others.
As an opera conductor, Vitali Alekseenok conducted the first Ukrainian performance of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde at the National Opera of Ukraine in the Autumn of 2021. As an assistant and conductor, has also worked at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Graz Opera, Odessa National Opera House, Deutsches National Theater Weimar, and Opera Varna. In 2018 he conducted a new production of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni in the Ukrainian military region Severodonetsk as a part of the Music and Dialogue project.
Alekseenok is the founder and artistic director of the ensemble paradigme, which performs 20th and 21st-century works, as well as world premieres by currently active composers.
After his studies in St Petersburg (Prof. Alexander Alekseev) and Weimar (Prof. Nicolas Pasquet, Ekhart Wycik, Gunter Kahlert), Alekseenok took part in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Fabio Luisi, Jorma Panula, Ricardo Muti, among others. He has also worked with Vladimir Jurowski, Oksana Lyniv, Lothar Zagrosek, and Maurizio Barbaccini.
Vitali Alekseenok is active in various pedagogical fields, including conducting numerous youth orchestras in Germany, Italy, Poland and Ukraine and lecturing at the universities of Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt am Main.
He is the author of the book The White Days of Minsk (S. Fischer Frankfurt, 2021) and has written articles and essays for Tagesspiegel, Neue Rundschau Frankfurt, Religion & Gesellschaft Zürich, among others.
In June 2021 Alekseenok was appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Kharkiv Music Festival in Ukraine which has held numerous concerts in bomb shelters, subways, and hospitals in Kharkiv during the war.