TCCF fellows


Valentina Peleggi (2015)


  • Director, International Festival 150 Firenze Capitale
  • Director, University Choir of Florence

Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi serves as Assistant Conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the director of the International Festival 150 Firenze Capitale, and is the director of the University Choir of Florence. In 2014 she was awarded the Sao Paolo Symphony … Continue reading

Marzena Diakun

Marzena Diakun (2015)

Associate Fellow

  • Assistant Conductor, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France
  • Lecturer, Karol Lipinski Academy of Music
  • Conducting Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center

Polish conductor Marzena Diakun was recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France and is a tenured lecturer at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. In 2015 she was selected as a Conducting Fellow … Continue reading


Ruth Reinhardt (2015)

Associate Fellow

German conductor Ruth Reinhardt was recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra after serving as Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony and Musical Director of the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra. She has participated in the 6th International Conducting … Continue reading


Lidiya Yankovskaya (2015)

Honorable Mention

American conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya serves as Music Director of Harvard’s Lowell House Opera, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and the Development Series for Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC. She also serves regularly as Assistant Conductor with Gotham … Continue reading

Karina Canellakis
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Karina Canellakis (2013)


Meet Karina Canellakis, our 2013-2015 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow! Just named Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Karina is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and exciting young American conductors. Karina Canellakis recently made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut, leading works by Adams, Mackey and Carter on the American Soundscapes series in Zankel Hall. An enthusiast for 21st century composers, she also frequently appears as guest conductor of New York’s groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Continue reading


Alexandra Arrieche (2011)


  • BSO Peabody Conducting Fellowship (2012)

Meet Brazilian Conductor Alexandra Arrieche, 2011 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow! As the winner of the 2011 Taki Concordia Fellowship, Alexandra will work with Marin Alsop and other mentors through the 2012-2013 season and receive an honorarium to support her work. Alexandra will also be featured in performances with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (CT), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and will serve as cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Alexandra will also assist Maestra Alsop in a performance of Too Hot To Handel with the the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

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Mihaela Cesa-Goje (2009)


  • Conductor, Harmonia Cordis International
  • LA Phlharmonic Dudamel Conducting Fellowship (2011-2012)

As a Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow, Mihaela Cesa – Goje gained accolades conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the  Florida Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony. Mihaela was subsequently awarded the the 2011-2012 season Dudamel Conducting Fellowship by the … Continue reading


Mei-Ann Chen (2007)


  • Music Director, Memphis Symphony Orchestra
  • Music Director, Chicago Sinfonietta

One of the most dynamic young conductors in America, Mei-Ann Chen is currently in her second season as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The impact of her energy, enthusiasm and high level of music-making has already been felt … Continue reading


Rei Hotoda (2006)


  • Assistant Conductor, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Applauded by the Washington Post as “talented and poised with strong potential” conductor Rei Hotoda is rapidly becoming one of America’s dynamic conductors. She has guest conducted orchestras throughout North America and Europe including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony … Continue reading


Jeri Lynne Johnson (2005)


  • Music Director, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Jeri Lynne Johnson is the Founder and Music Director of Philadelphia’s newest classical music ensemble, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra (BPCO). Based in Philadelphia, the BPCO is dedicated to creating excellence by reflecting the cultural diversity of the community in … Continue reading