Mykola Diadiura, Chief Conductor
Born 1961 in Kiev, Mykola Diadiura studied at the Kiev Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in class of Professor Roman Kofman. His conductor career began in 1987, when he won an award and the special prize of the Japanese Association of Conductors at the International Competition of Conductors in Tokyo (Min-On). After his success in Japan, he was invited by Seiji Ozava for internships in USA, where studied with S. Ozava, Leonard Bernstein and A. Previn.
In 1988, he won an award at the International Competition of Conductors in Budapest. During 1986-1988, Mykola Diadiura worked as an Artistic Director and Principal of the Symphony Orchestra of the Omsk Philharmonic, Russia. Between 1989 and 1996 he was Chief Conductor of the Seoul Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Kwang Dju, South Korea.
1988, Mykola Diadiura became Chief of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine and since then he combines an opera and philharmonic activity. He is conductor-producer of spectacles in the National Opera of Ukraine as ‘Il Barbiere de Sivilia’ by Rossini, ‘La Boheme’ by Puccini, ‘Rigoletto’ by Verdi, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ by Donizetti, ‘Norma’ by Bellini, ‘Jaroslav Mudryy’ by Maiboroda.
In the National Philharmonic of Ukraine Maestro Diadiura started the cycles of symphonic concerts ‘All symphonies of Beethoven’, ‘All symphonies and concerts of Brahms’, ‘All symphonies of Shostakovich’. First in Ukraine, he conducted works of Berlioz as ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Te Deum’ and ‘Requiem’ (within the framework of the festival dedicated to 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth), and ‘Coronation mass’ of G. Paisiello.
In 2003 he initiated subscriptions of the orchestra ‘Symphony of XX century’ (2003-2004), ‘Robert Schumann and his contemporaries’ (2004-2005), ‘All Shostakovich’s Symphonies’ (2005-2006), ‘All symphonic music of Brahms’ (2006-2007).
Mykola Diadiura is a conductor-producer of many theatrical concert projects on the stage of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, in particular such as mono-opera ‘Tenderness’ of V. Gubarenko, opera ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’ of M. Glinka, opera ‘Fidelio’ of Ludwig van Beethoven, musical dramatic spectacle ‘Snowstorm’ of Pushkin-Sviridov, musical theatrical spectacle ‘Peer Gynt’ of Ibsen-Grieg, musical-dramatic spectacle ‘Tête-à-tête with Mozart’ of E. Radzinsky and others.
As a guest conductor, he worked with philharmonic orchestras of Poland, Russia, Italy, South Korea, Portugal, France such as Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Pleyel, Bulgaria and Japan. He is the Principal Guest conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic, Bulgaria and the Symphony Orchestra of Philharmonia Podlaska, Poland. In the Seoul Opera he carried out a production of Puccini’s ‘Toska’, ‘Leoncavallo’s ‘Il Pagliacci’ and ‘Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’.
Regularly tours with the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Mykola Diadiura conducts numerous concerts in Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Austria and Japan. He participated in the international festivals in Ukraine ‘Kiev Music Fest’, Kiev, ‘Musical premieres of season’, Kiev, ‘Vladimir Krajnev, invites…’, Kiev, ‘Virtuosos’, Lviv and abroad ‘Le Melomany’, France, the musical festivals in St. Maximin, France, ‘La Chaise-Dieu’, France, the Hector Berlioz’ festival in La Côte de Saint-André, France, the international musical festival of sacred music in Marseille, France, in Bleckede, Germany, in Warsaw and Wroclaw, Poland, Ukraine Culture Days in Bern, Switzerland and others.
In 1998 Mykola Diadiura got the honorary title ‘Honoured Personality of the Arts of Ukraine’. In 2003 he was awarded by a state reward Order ‘For the merits’ of 3rd degree. In 2005 he got a France Government Reward ‘Knight of Arts and Literature’. Mykola Diadiura is the winner of the Ukraine National program ‘The Man of Year 2006’.