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 was the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship (founded by Marin Alsop). She frequently appears as guest conductor of New York’s groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and has been invited to be a Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center for summer 2014.
Ms. 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.
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, where she studied with Alan Gilbert and James Ross. Other prominent mentors include Fabio Luisi and Sir Simon Rattle.
As a violinist, Ms. Canellakis appears as soloist and chamber musician across the United States. For several years she played on a regular basis in both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. She has also been on several occasions guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, and spent many summers at the Marlboro Music Festival.