Karina Canellakis (Violin ’04), conductor
Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Karina Canellakis first made headlines in 2014, filling in at the last minute for Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of assistant conductor for two seasons. She made her European conducting debut in 2015 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Notable debuts in the 2017–18 season include l’Orchestre de Paris; the Bamberg, BBC, Berlin Radio, Seattle, and Vienna symphonies; and the Hallé Orchestra. She has also appeared with the Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Royal Stockholm philharmonics; the Swedish Radio Orchestra; the Danish and Royal Scottish national orchestras; the Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, Toronto, Vancouver, and City of Birmingham symphony orchestras; Concentus Musicus Wien; and the Los Angeles and Scottish chamber orchestras.
This season Ms. Canellakis returns to the Zurich Opera to conduct Die Zauberflöte. Other appearances in opera have included the world premiere of David Lang’s The Loser at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Hogboon with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and a fully staged performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Zurich Opera. In 2016 she conducted Le nozze di Figaro with the Curtis Opera Theatre. Ms. Canellakis is a 2004 violin graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She also holds a master’s degree in conducting from the Juilliard School.