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Maestra Kim Diehnelt has been called “a renaissance woman” for bringing her own brand of beauty and passion to the world through her work as an international conductor, accomplished composer and artistic coach.

Trained in the United States and Europe, Maestra Diehnelt established her craft as conductor and composer in both Finland and Switzerland, leading Baltic, Russian, and European ensembles.

Maestra Diehnelt has been composing works for solo instruments, chamber, orchestral and choral ensembles since 2011. Her style is best described as a “Nordic Palestrina” as her works possess a lyrical, vocal quality with an attention to beauty and the sense of an unfolding story. She was a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Composition in the Professional Orchestra division in 2015 for her work Montegar for viola and strings.

An active guest conductor in the United States and abroad, she is acknowledged as an authority on the music of Edward Elgar. Maestra Kim Diehnelt recently served as Music Director and Conductor for the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in the Greater Chicago area.

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