This season, Karina Canellakis begins her tenure as Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. She also becomes the first Principal Guest Conductor in the history of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSB) and is featured as the RSB’s Artist in Focus in her inaugural season. Ms. Canellakis has conducted many of the top orchestras in North America, Europe, the UK, and Australia since winning the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2016. She previously served as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2019–20 season include debuts with the Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. She makes her San Francisco Symphony debut at these performances. Also this season, Ms. Canellakis makes return engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the orchestras of Toronto, Dallas, Houston, and North Carolina. In Europe she returns to Orchestre de Paris, the Stockholm Philharmonic, Gürzenich Orchestra, and Zurich Opera to conduct Verdi’s Requiem.
Recent seasons have featured debuts with the Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Olso Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others. Last season, Ms. Canellakis made her Australian debut in a four-city tour conducting the symphony orchestras of Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Tasmania; led the 2018 Nobel Prize Concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic; and returned to the Proms to lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
On the operatic stage, Ms. Canellakis has conducted Die Zauberflöte with Zurich Opera, and Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro with Curtis Opera Theatre. She gave the world premiere of David Lang’s opera The Loser at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and led Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera The Hogboon with the Luxembourg Philharmonic.
Born and raised in New York City, NY, Karina Canellakis is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Also a violinist, she has appeared frequently as soloist with various North American orchestras and appeared as guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway. She also performed regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. She plays a 1782 Mantegazza violin on generous loan from a private patron.