photo Masataka Suemitsu

photo Masataka Suemitsu

Karina Canellakis

conductor & violin

Recently appointed assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony, Karina Canellakis is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and exciting young American conductors. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in Zankel Hall and frequently appears as guest conductor of New York’s groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). In the 2014-15 season, she makes her debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado and Toledo symphonies, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She was invited to be a Conducting Fellow at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center for summer 2014.

Canellakis was a selected conductor in the Lucerne Festival Masterclass with Bernard Haitink, and conducted the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, as well as the Tonhalle Orchestra in Switzerland as part of international masterclasses. She is the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop. She has also led performances with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center.

Karina Canellakis holds a Bachelor’s degree in violin from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School. Her prominent mentors are Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi and Sir Simon Rattle.

As a violinist, Canellakis has been praised for her “big lustrous tone…power and expressiveness” (Philadelphia Inquirer). She appears as soloist with orchestras across the United States. For several years she played on a regular basis with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. She has also been on several occasions guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. As a chamber musician, she spent many summers at the Marlboro Music Festival.

She plays a 1782 Mantegazza violin, generously loaned to her by a private person.

Karina Canellakis was born and raised in New York City, where she currently resides.