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Karina Canellakis

Conductor

Biography

Internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command, and interpretive depth, Karina Canellakis has become one of the most in-demand conductors of her generation. She is the chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This season she serves as the featured artist-in-residence at Vienna’s famed Musikverein, where she conducts four different orchestras: the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. The first woman to conduct the First Night of the BBC Proms in London, in 2019 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, she returned to the Proms in 2022. She was also the first woman to conduct the Nobel Prize Concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in 2018.

In addition to her New York Philharmonic debut, Canellakis’s 2023–24 guest engagements include return engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and NDR Elbphilharmonie. Following last season’s tour of Germany with the London Philharmonic and pianist Daniil Trifonov, she again leads that orchestra on tour. Highlights with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic include a concert performance of Wagner’s Siegfried as part of the prestigious Zaterdag Matinee series. After the successes of Kat’a Kabánova and The Cunning Little Vixen with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, she continues her series of Janáček operas with The Makropulos Case. She conducts Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier for Santa Fe Opera in summer 2024.

April 2023 marked the start of a multi-album collaboration among Canellakis, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Pentatone with their debut release, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Four Orchestral Pieces. She and the RFO were also featured artists for the launch of Apple Music Classical in a recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Alice Sara Ott.

Already known in the classical music world for her virtuoso violin playing, Karina Canellakis was initially encouraged to pursue conducting by Simon Rattle while she was playing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic for two years as a member of its Orchester-Akademie. She performed for many years as a soloist, guest leader, and chamber musician, spending her summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, until conducting became her focus. Canellakis was born and raised in New York City.

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