Internationally acclaimed for her emotional intensity, precision, and interpretive depth, KARINA CANELLAKIS is the winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. She made her European conducting debut in June 2015 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, returning the following year to conduct Concentus Musicus Wien in four Beethoven symphonies.
Ms. Canellakis begins the 17/18 season with her debut at the Proms in London conducting BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, and her return to the Zurich Opera to conduct Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Notable engagements this season include the Orchestre de Paris, Bamberger Symphoniker, Hallé Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, as well as returns to orchestras such as the Stockholm Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, and Danish National Symphony.
Last season, Ms. Canellakis made debuts with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, symphonies of Toronto and Milwaukee. She conducted the world premiere of David Lang's new opera The Loser at BAM, Peter Maxwell Davies’ new opera The Hogboon with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and a fully staged production of Verdi’s Requiem at the Zurich Opera.
In past seasons, Ms. Canellakis led a production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with the Curtis Opera Theatre at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and made debuts with the Cincinnati, Detroit, and San Diego Symphonies, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Mostly Mozart Festival. A virtuoso violinist, Ms. Canellakis played regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony for many years, in addition to performing frequently as a soloist and chamber musician.
She first made headlines in 2014 filling in last-minute for Jaap van Zweden in Shostakovich’s 8th symphony with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Assistant Conductor for two seasons.