The London Philharmonic Orchestra has this week announced the appointment of American conductor Karina Canellakis as its new Principal Guest Conductor - effective from September 2020.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where she studied violin and orchestral conducting, Karina currently serves as Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic - and as Principal Guest Conductor of the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
"There are very few conductors who instantly impress players by their command of a score, their insights and their intellectual rigour ... Karina is one of those few, and everyone at the London Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled that she will join us as our next Principal Guest Conductor," London Philharmonic Chief Executive & Artistic Director Timothy Walker has this week said.
"I am honoured and excited to become the new Principal Guest Conductor of the LPO, an orchestra which both impressed me and captured my heart during our first rehearsals together ... together we are going to explore all kinds of different repertoire, looking through a fresh lens at the most beloved works of Beethoven and Brahms, plunging into the intense world of Shostakovich, as well as venturing into lesser known territory with works such as Brett Dean’s Komarov’s Fall ..." Karina has this week said.
"I cannot wait to see the members of the Orchestra again, to hear their virtuosic and soulful playing, and to make thrilling music together."