Canellakis photo Todd Rosenberg

photo Todd Rosenberg

Karina Canellakis


Winner of the 2016 Sir George Solti Conducting Award, Karina Canellakis has rapidly gained international recognition as one of today’s most dynamic and exciting young American conductors. She served for two seasons as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and recently concluded her tenure at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Highlights of the 2016-17 season feature debuts with the Swedish Radio Orchestra; the Royal Scottish and Lyon national orchestras; and the City of Birmingham, Trondheim, Kristiansand, Mälmo, Toronto, Vancouver and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, among others. She conducts Verdi’s Requiem at the Zurich Opera House, as well as various opera projects including the premiere of David Lang’s the loser at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Peter Maxwell Davies’ new and final opera The Hogboon with the Luxembourg Philharmonic. In addition, she returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Dallas and North Carolina symphonies. In 2015-16 Canellakis made debuts with the Detroit, Cincinnati, San Diego, and Danish National symphony orchestras, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and conducted Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with the Curtis Opera Theatre in Philadelphia.

A virtuoso violinist, Canellakis was encouraged to pursue conducting by Sir Simon Rattle while a member of Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchester-Akademie. She played regularly in both the Berlin Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra for several years, and has appeared as guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway. Sought after as a chamber musician, she spent many years at the Marlboro Music Festival.

Karina Canellakis is a recipient of a 2015 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award. She was the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship and served as a conducting fellow at Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center in summer 2014. She speaks German, French and Italian, and is a graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School.