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Karina Canellakis

About this Artist

KARINA CANELLAKIS is the newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning in the 2019/20 season. Internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command, and interpretive depth, Canellakis’ reputation has risen quickly since winning the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2016.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include debuts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, St. Louis Symphony, DSO- Berlin, Dresdner Philharmoniker, and Stavanger Symphony. She also makes her Australian debut in a four-city tour conducting the symphony orchestras of Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Tasmania. In addition, she leads the prestigious 2018 Nobel Prize Concert with the Royal Stock- holm Philharmonic. She returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and to the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, and North Carolina. She also conducts Don Giovanni with the Curtis Opera Theatre.

In Europe, she returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Swedish Radio Orchestra, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, among others.

On the operatic stage, Canellakis has conducted Die Zauberflöte with the Zurich Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro with Curtis Opera Theatre, and gave the world premiere of David Lang’s opera The Loser at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She also led Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera The Hogboon with the Luxembourg Philharmonic.

Already known to many in the classical music world for her virtuoso violin playing, Canellakis was initially encouraged to pursue conducting by Sir Simon Rattle while she was playing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic as a member of their Orchester-Akademie. In addition to appearing frequently as soloist with various North American orchestras, she subsequently played regularly in the Chicago Symphony, and appeared on several occasions as guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway. She also spent many summers performing at the Marlboro Music Festival. She plays a 1782 Mantegazza violin on generous loan from a private patron.

Karina Canellakis previous served as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School.