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"The baton in the hands of Maestra Kim Diehnelt inspires confidence. She knows exactly what the music needs and has the craft to attain it."

-- EL Herald, Aguascalientes

“…. with a flawless 20-strong orchestra, conducted by Kim Diehnelt who can do no wrong.” [Chicago Folks Operetta: Land of Smiles]

-- Chicago Theater Beat

"Ms. Diehnelt has become "one of the people to watch" in Chicago's ever eclectic music scene. She can be found appearing with many of our city's best orchestral and chamber ensembles."

-- Saori Chiba
Pianist and Chamber Musician

Upcoming Events

Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat
June 14-22, 2014
Dublin, NH

Recent Events

Northwest Symphony Orchestra
May 18, 2014, 3:30 pm
Forest View Theater for the Performing Arts
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Artistic Director
Sounds of the South Loop
monthly programs - 6 pm
2013-2014 season now complete
Second Presbyterian Church
1936 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60616

Classical Connoisseur
Pairing music and wine
with members of the
Auburn Symphony Orchestra
Dan Williams (oboe)
Rachael Pearson (violin)
Betty Agent (viola)
Brian Wharton (cello)
April 5, 2014, 7 pm
Auburn Golf Course
29630 Green River Road SE
Auburn, WA 98092

Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Encore Performance
Michael Hall, viola
April 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
Orchestra Hall
Chicago, IL
Bruch: Romance
Diehnelt: Montegar

Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Michael Hall, viola
March 23, 2014, 3:30 pm
Forest View Theater for the Performing Arts
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Schubert: Symphony No. 4
Bruch: Romance
Diehnelt: Montegar (world premiere)
Vorisek: Symphony in D

Northwest Symphony Orchestra
January 26, 2014, 3:30 pm
Forest View Theater for the Performing Arts
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Purcell: Gordian Know Untied
Lam: Memories of My Previous Lives (world Premiere)
Franck: Symphony in D

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
Robert Stanger Young Artist Auditions
February 8, 2014

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Kim Diehnelt established her craft as conductor, composer, and artistic coach in Finland and Switzerland where she worked with Baltic, Russian, and European ensembles. In Helsinki, Ms. Diehnelt founded the Helsinki Camerata, a group dedicated to a chamber music approach to orchestral performance, and was Director of Chamber Music at the Musicology Department of Helsinki University and Music Director of the Helsinki Community College Orchestra.

In the United States, Kim has been Music Director of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, Opera Millennium (MN), Chicago Reading Orchestra, Lakeside Pride Orchestra (IL), and the South Loop Symphony (IL). An active guest conductor of symphonic, opera, and ballet repertoire, Maestra Diehnelt is represented by Price Rubin & Partners. Ms. Diehnelt is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Sounds of the South Loop music series.

Acknowledged as an authority on the music of Edward Elgar, the Elgar Society in England has sponsored Ms. Diehnelt’s conducting of Elgar’s Symphony No.1, the tone-poem In the South, and the Cockaigne Overture. In 2010, Kim was invited to be a founding member of the North America Branch of the Elgar Society ; she presented Podium Time with Elgar at the inaugural conference in March, 2010.

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Elgar in Chicago  |   Coaching Notes  |   Works

The British composer Edward Elgar is known in the States today only through his “Enigma Variations” or the famous “Pomp and Circumstance” march tune. The Variations were written before 1900, and there is much more orchestral repertoire from the 30 years that followed. Elgar’s temperament could swing from high spirits and wittiness to complete despondency and doom. Elgar’s works are very personal, with much more rubato and full-bloodedness than expected. His music speaks to humanity.

Elgar was a romantic composer from the time of Mahler and Strauss, around the turn of the century. He didn’t invent a new language of music, but furthered the orchestra’s palette through his self-taught style of composing and hands-on knowledge of each individual instrument. He raised the orchestra’s level of expression.

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Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Edward Elgar: In the South, Op. 50 (Alassio)

Footage courtesy of the NSO

Full high-fidelity recording available here: In the South

More on Edward Elgar
The Classical Connoisseur

"The Classical Connoisseur fills an urgent need of today’s listener. Audiences are hungry to explore what it is they are hearing – not in terms of the anatomy of music, but through discovering music’s ability to create metaphor - and enchantment."

As the Classical Connoisseur Maestra Kim helps people experience the magic of music. In a dynamic style that awakens the palette, Kim “conducts” listeners through music samples and live performances, as she explores how composers and musicians create meaning within sounds. Only the Classical Connoisseur offers listeners the magic of music.

For bookings, please contact Kim.


November 2013 - Northwest Symphony Conductor Has European Background Read more here

July 2013 - Kim Conducted the Chicago Folks Operetta production of "The Land of Smiles" - receiving strong reviews from Chicago Theater Beat. Read more here

July 2013 - Kim Conducted the Chicago Folks Operetta production of "The Land of Smiles" - receiving strong notice from Chicago Classical Review. Read more here

July 2013 - Kim Conducted the Chicago Folks Operetta production of "The Land of Smiles" - receiving strong reviews from the Chicago Tribune. Read more here

December 2012 - The Classical Connoisseur at PianoForte drew advanced press coverage from the online newspaper DNAinfo.com/Chicago. Read more here

In 2010, Ms. Diehnelt was asked to fill in as conductor for the Orquesta Sinfonica de Aguascalientes for a performace of Miramontes, De falla and Sibelius. Read the review in the Aguascalientes Herald.

In 2008, Ms. Diehnelt curated a monthly chamber music series at the Center on Halsted in partnership with Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles. Read the press release from the January concert here.

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest recently celebrated their 75th anniversary with a concert honoring women in music, including their founder, Gladys Welge. Maestra Diehnelt conducted the concert which included the US premiere of a work by female composer, Angel Lam.

Read the review in the Wednesday Journal.

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