Karina Canellakis

2013 Fellow

Karina Canellakis,
2013-15 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship Winner

Currently Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Karina Canellakis is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and exciting young American conductors.  Karina made her debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this season and recently had her Carnegie Hall conducting debut, leading works by Adams, Mackey and Carter on the American Soundscapes series in Zankel Hall this past season.  An enthusiast for 21st century composers, she also frequently appears as guest conductor of New York’s groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).  This coming season she makes her debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado and Toledo Symphony Orchestras, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes.  She was one of two Conducting Fellows at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center in 2014.

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.  While at Juilliard, she won the 2013 Charles Schiff Conducting Award for outstanding achievement in orchestral conducting, as well as the American Conductors Award, Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and Isidore Komanoff Award.  Other prominent mentors include Fabio Luisi and Sir Simon Rattle.

As a violinist, Ms. 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.

As the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, Karina Canellakis will be working with Marin Alsop and other mentors throught the 2013-2015 seasons and will receive an honorarium to support her work and studies.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Karin Hendrickson and Holly Matheison.

Image: Masataka Suemitsu