Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Enrique Arturo Diemecke

Music Director

Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke brings an electrifying balance of passion, intellect and technique to his performances. Warmth, pulse, and spontaneity are all hallmarks of his conducting – conducting that has earned him an international reputation for performances that are riveting in their sweep and dynamism. In 2009, the Arts Council for Long Beach honored him with the coveted "Distinguished Artist Award". In the words of The New York Times, Diemecke is a conductor of “fierceness and authority.” A noted interpreter of the works of Mahler, Maestro Diemecke has been awarded a Mahler Society medal for his performances of the composer’s complete symphonies.

The 2013-2014 Symphony Classics season marks Maestro Diemecke’s thirteenth season as Music Director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, his seventh season as Music Director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic of the famed Teatro Colon, and his twenty-fourth season as Music Director of the Flint Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he was named Music Director of the Bogota Philharmonic, the premier orchestra in Colombia.

A frequent guest of orchestras throughout the world, Maestro Diemecke's 2011-2012 season included performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, the Russian National Orchestra, and the Puerto Rico Symphony. A highlight of the season were concerts at the World Orchestra Festival in Moscow with the Bogota Philharmonic.

With 20 years at the helm of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Maestro Diemecke is a frequent guest of orchestras throughout the world, most notably the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, French National Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, L’Orchestre de Paris, Residentie Orkest in The Hague, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, l’Orchestre National de Lorraine, the National Orchestra of Montpellier, the Valladolid Symphony, the ORCAM Madrid, L’Orchestre de Isle de France, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, Minnesota, and Auckland.

An experienced conductor of opera, Maestro Diemecke served as Music Director of the Bellas Artes Opera of Mexico from 1984-1990, where he led more than 20 productions including Faust, La Boheme, Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Der fliegende Hollander, Rigoletto, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, and Romeo et Juliette. He has since returned as a guest conductor with new productions of Lohengrin in 1996, Boris Godunov in 1997, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in 2005. Maestro Diemecke returned to opera as he opened the 2007-2008 season leading a new production of Werther at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, which followed performances of Le Jongleur de Notre Dame with tenor Roberto Alagna in Montpellier, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon and awarded the prestigious "Grand Prix de l'Academie du Disque Lyrique" for 2010. He led Opera Pacific’s 2005 production of I Pagliacci and Carmina Burana, is a regular guest of the famed Teatro Zarzuela in Madrid, and was awarded the Jean Fontaine Orpheus d’Or Gold Medal for “best vocal music recording” by France’s Academy of Lyric Recordings for his recording of Donizetti’s The Exiles of Siberia with the L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier-Languedoc-Roussillon. Maestro Diemecke was previously honored with a Gold Medal from the Academy of Lyric Recordings in 2000 when he was awarded the Bruno Walter Orpheus d’Or Prize for “Best Opera Conductor” for his live recording of Mascagni’s Parisina, made at the Radio France Festival during the summer of 1999.

Maestro Diemecke led the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México on a ten-city tour of the United States, culminating with a program of Latin American masterworks at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México were nominated for “Best Classical Album” for the 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards for 2002, for their CD disc of Carlos Chávez’s Violin and Piano Concertos with violinist Pablo Roberto Diemecke and pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and led the National Orchestra of France and Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maria Joao Pires, and Pierre Amoyal for the sixth edition of Les Victoires de la Musique Classique et Jazz, which was aired on French television and radio. He is also frequently invited to festivals such as the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, the Hollywood Bowl Festival, Wolf Trap, Autumno Musicale a Como (Italy), Europalia (Brussels), World Fair Expo Sevilla (Spain), and Festival International Radio France.

Maestro Diemecke is an accomplished composer and orchestral arranger, and has conducted his own composition, Die-Sir-E, during the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra tour of the U.S. in 1999. The Die-Sir-E was commissioned by the Radio France Festival for the World Cup Final Concert in France in 1998. Maestro Diemecke was commissioned to write a tone poem for the Flint Symphony Orchestra, and his works Chacona a Chávez and Guitar Concerto have received many performances both in Europe and in the United States. During the 2001-2002 season, he gave the world premiere of his work Camino y vision, which is dedicated to former President Vincente Fox of Mexico, with the Tulsa Philharmonic. Maestro Diemecke’s recent recording with the Flint Symphony Orchestra of the 1896 version of Mahler’s First Symphony (which includes the subsequently deleted “Blumine” movement) was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Recordings of the music of Revueltas, Chávez, and Moncayo for Sony/Mexico with the Orquesta Sinfónica de México have became best-sellers in Mexico, earning Maestro Diemecke and orchestra the Golden Record Award. Other releases have included the music of Villa-Lobos and Silvestre Revueltas on the Dorian label with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. In these recordings, as well as in his concert performance, Maestro Diemecke has earned particular renown as a pioneering advocate of the music of Chávez and Revueltas, Mexico’s greatest composers, and his CD of Revueltas’ masterwork La noche de los Mayas has become a recording classic.

Born in Mexico, Enrique Diemecke comes from a family of classical musicians. He began to play the violin at the age of six studying for many years with the legendary violinist Henryk Szeryng. At the age of nine he added french horn, piano, and percussion to his studies. Mr. Diemecke attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and continued his studies with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors on a scholarship granted by Madame Monteux.

Read an in-depth interview with the Maestro on his 10th Anniversary with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Listen to an in-depth discussion between Maestro Diemecke and Long Beach Post Cultural Agent Sander Roscoe Wolff from January 2010: