Martijn Dendievel

Belgian conductor Martijn Dendievel is designated Chief Conductor of the Hofer Symphoniker and Associate Conductor of Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen. After winning the 2021 German Conducting Award and obtaining laureate awards at the Donatella Flick Competition as well as the International Conducting Competition Rotterdam, he is invited to orchestras across the world where he is often appraised for his thorough knowledge of the repertoire and his vivid and expressive conducting.

Besides his engagements with the Hofer Symphoniker and Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Martijn regularly appears with orchestras and theatres such as Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Sinfonia Varsovia. In the current season, he will make his debut with the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, and Concerto Köln, whilst returning to the WDR and MDR Sinfonieorchester, as well as the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

In recent years, Martijn had acclaimed debuts with renowned orchestras such as the Tonkünstler-Orchester Wien, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and he has conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Copenhagen Philharmonic, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, amongst others. In 2023 he led Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, where he will return for Don Giovanni in April 2024.

He took his first musical steps on the violin, later switching to cello, percussion, and harpsichord. At the age of 14, he was admitted to the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in music theory with distinction. In July 2022, Martijn finished his master’s degree in orchestral conducting with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet and Prof. Ekhart Wycik at the HfM Franz Liszt in Weimar. He has been mentored by Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Christian Thielemann and Iván Fischer.