Kitaenko, Dmitri, Russian conductor; b. Leningrad, Aug. 18, 1940. He studied choral conducting at the Leningrad Cons, and the Moscow Cons. He then went to Vienna to study conducting at the Academy of Music (1966–67). Upon his return to Moscow, he became a conductor at the Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater; in 1970, became chief conductor there. He also appeared as a guest conductor in Western Europe, usually in programs of Russian music. In 1975 he served as asst. conductor during the U.S. tour of the Moscow Phil. (1975). In 1976 he was appointed its chief conductor. In 1990 he became music director of the Bergen Phil. He was concurrently chief conductor of the Frankfurt am Main Radio Sym. Orch. (1990–95) and the Bern Sym. Orch. (from 1991), and music director of the Bern City Theater (from 1994).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire