Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Conductor of the South Netherlands Philharmonic
Artistic Director of the EURASIA International Music Festival
Depth of interpretation, clever dramaturgy and an infallible creative drive are what characterize Dmitry Liss as a conductor. He is considered today as one of the most talented conductors of his generation.
Dmitry Liss has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra (UPO) since 1995. He has made the UPO, founded in 1936, into a leading, dynamic and creative symphony orchestra. Based in Yekaterinburg, on the border between Europe and Asia, it is a major cultural force in the Sverdlovsk region as well as a cultural ambassador on the international stage. Together with the orchestra, Dmitry Liss has been invited to such venues as the Kennedy Center Washington, Bunka-Kaikan Tokyo, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, KKL Lucerne, Essen and Berlin Philharmonic, Salle Pleyel Paris, Brucknerhaus Linz, Vienna Konzerthaus and Tonhalle Zurich. He also has been the guest of internationals festivals including the Beethovenfest Bonn, Bodensee Festival, Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron and Radio France’s Montpellier Festival and has received repeated invitations to La Folle Journée in France, Spain, Japan and Russia.
Since 2016/17 season, Dmitry Liss has been the first Chief Conductor of the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Philharmony Zuidnederland Orchestra). As a guest conductor, Dmitry Liss has performed with renowned international orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Philharmonique de Radio France, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Naples Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra…
Dmitry Liss is highly appreciated by many renowned soloists such as the pianist Boris Berezovsky, with whom he has recorded all four Rachmaninov piano concertos, and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 for Mirare label, and Khachaturian and Tchaikovsky piano concertos for Warner Classics. Dmitry Liss’ extensive discography includes recordings of Galina Ustvolskaya and Nikolai Miaskovsky’s symphonies, also lesser-known Russian repertoire, which he also enjoys including in his concert programmes.
Born in Balashov, he studied violin, clarinet and musicology before beginning his conducting studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Dmitri Kitajenko, where he later became his assistant. At the age of 31, he took over as Chief Conductor of the Kuzbass Symphony Orchestra, and was Associate Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra from 1999 to 2003.
Dmitry Liss has been honoured with many Russian and international awards, most notably with the honorary title of People’s Artist of Russia (2011), the country’s most prestigious award for achievements in the arts.
“Dmitri Liss let his wonderful orchestral soloists play and show their expertise, with the audience loving the first-class oboe, violin and trumpet soloists. The orchestra’s string section led the famous Ural sound, which under Mr. Liss’ baton was a great success.”
“Liss had a modest demeanor, with a sensitive smile betraying a subtle yet irresistible charisma. (…) Then he brought the orchestra to a whirling crescendo practically from his seat. In the second half was Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, which Liss filled with a long flowing breath.”
« Dmitri Liss a la baguette convaincue, la gestuelle précise (…). Pas de raideur dans le jeu, pas de temps mort, des attaques précises, le son est brillant et équilibré. »
L’Herault du jour
Dmitry Liss is an absolutely magical conductor. The audience was magnetised by his baton.