Karina Canellakis will make her professional European conducting debut this weekend with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Styriate Festival in Graz. She will replace Nikolaus Harnoncourt in an all-Dvorak programme in the Stefaniensaal on June 27 and 28. Just one year into her conducting career, Karina is already appearing with major orchestras in North America and attracting international interest. She initially trained to be a violinist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and spent nearly five years touring as a soloist in concerto performances and as a chamber musician. She frequently played in the violin section of several of the world’s most revered orchestras, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, and has acted as guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions. At the suggestion of Sir Simon Rattle, she returned to study conducting and attended the Juilliard School of Music. Upon graduation, Ms. Canellakis took her first conducting job as assistant conductor to Jaap van Zweden at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition to van Zweden and Rattle, she counts among her mentors Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Bernard Haitink.