Artist in Focus:
Principal guest conductor
Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis © Mathias Bothor

“I am joining the journey with the wonderful musicians and musicians of the RSB with great enthusiasm and we want to explore many new and interesting corners of the repertoire along the way. It is an exciting time and I am looking forward to our cooperation!” (Karina Canellakis)

Born in New York, Karina Canellakis took up the function of principal guest conductor of the RSB at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, assuming a long-term position in the musical work with the orchestra alongside Vladimir Jurowski. An enriching cooperation between her and the RSB in every respect for a guest concert as part of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in September 2017 nurtured the desire on both sides to intensify the artistic relationship.

As the principal guest conductor, Karina Canellakis will be on the rostrum of the RSB several times over the coming seasons and set her own programmatic accents. In her first season, she is also the artist in focus and will conduct three different programmes. Her début with RSB will be in October with Richard Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben” (A Hero’s Life) and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. In December, she will conduct the orchestra’s two traditional New Year’s Eve concerts with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. For her third programme in April, she will combine stirring works by Igor Stravinsky, Karol Szymanowski, Anton Webern and Alexander Scriabin.

Karina Canellakis, who has Greek and Russian ancestry and speaks English as well as German, French, and Italian, began her musical career as a violinist. In the course of her education, she became a member of the orchestra academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where she was encouraged by Sir Simon Rattle to devote herself more to conducting. She followed this advice with great enthusiasm and won the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2016. With emotionally charged performances, technical brilliance, and interpretative depth, she quickly made a name for herself at orchestras and at opera houses in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. For some time, she was assistant conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her involvement with the RSB, Karina Canellakis will take up her first position as chief conductor at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest of the Netherlands in autumn 2019.

Experience the charismatic and urbane American woman with the RSB in the Philharmonie and at the Konzerthaus. Welcome, Karina Canellakis!


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