Karina Canellakis


Karina Canellakis(c)Todd Rosenberg

Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Karina Canellakis is internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command and interpretive depth. She made her European conducting debut in 2015 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, returning the following June to conduct Concentus Musicus Wien in four symphonies of a Beethoven Cycle. She first made headlines in 2014 filling in at the last-minute for Jaap van Zweden in Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Assistant Conductor for two seasons. Karina began the 2017/18 season with her debut at the BBC Proms in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a return to the Opernhaus Zürich to conduct Mozart’s »Die Zauberflöte«. Notable debuts this season include the Orchestre de Paris, Wiener Symphoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orquesta Nacional de España, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, the Hallé Orchestra and Seattle Symphony; alongside reinvitations to the Kungliga Filharmoniska Orkestern, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, DR SymfoniOrkestret, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony. Previous seasons have featured orchestral debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York, leading the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). She conducted Peter Maxwell Davies’ new opera The Hogboon with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Curtis Opera Theatre at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. and a fully staged production of Verdi’s Requiem at the Opernhaus Zürich.