Karina Canellakis makes Wiener Symphoniker debut



Next Monday will see Karina Canellakis make her debut with the Wiener Symphoniker at the Bregenz Festival. She travels to Austria for the first time since June 2016 to conduct Beethoven’s fifth Symphony and the Austrian debut of Thomas Larcher’s Alle Tage with baritone Benjamin Appl; a piece she will perform again at the Barbican in February 2019 with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Oliemans.

Karina’s performance at the Bregenz Festival takes place on 6 August; find out more on the festival’s website.

This performance draws to a close a fantastic season for Karina, who was appointed Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in May, just eight weeks after she made her debut with the orchestra at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. She has also made debuts with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Orchestre de Paris, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Hallé Orchestra and the Bamberger Symphoniker.

Last week Karina returned to the BBC Proms following her debut last year, conducting a programme which included Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Alisa Weilerstein, the UK premiere of Andrew Norman’s Spiral, commissioned for Sir Simon Rattle‘s departure from the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. The Prom was broadcast on BBC Four last Sunday, and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer for another 28 days.

”Canellakis, newly appointed chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, directs with muscularity and spirit, but not a shred of needless flamboyance. Clarity is her hallmark. Beethoven’s explosive “Coriolan” overture made you sit up. The glowing colours of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances (1940) sounded unusually vivid and transparent.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 28 July 2018

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