Karina Canellakis

“Canellakis conducted with crisp aggression, as if to capture the water’s churn at the level of molecular vibration and collision.” 
Boston Globe

"She rose spectacularly to the challenge Saturday night, leading with great clarity and expressivity. ...Canellakis beautifully conveyed shape, direction and breath. She certainly displayed excellent technique and sophisticated musicianship."
Dallas Morning News

Opus 3 Artists is pleased to welcome Karina Canellakis to our distinguished roster of conductors. Rising from the orchestra ranks as a violinist who played regularly with two of the world's great orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Canellakis was encouraged in her path to pursue conducting by Sir Simon Rattle. As a consummate musician, her identity and approach to music-making are strongly rooted in her extensive chamber music experience and the many summers she spent at the Marlboro Music Festival.

Rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and dynamic young American conductors, Canellakis recently made headlines as a last-minute replacement for Jaap van Zweden conducting the Dallas Symphony in a program of Shostakovich 8th Symphony and Mozart Piano Concerto K.449 with soloist Emanuel Ax, receiving rave reviews.

Currently in her first season as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, Canellakis made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in Zankel Hall, and has appeared as guest conductor with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Ms. Canellakis was a 2014 Tanglewood Conducting Fellow and winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop. Along with Rattle, among her most prominent mentors are Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, and Jaap van Zweden.

This season, she makes debuts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado and Toledo Symphonies, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. She will also make her debuts this summer with theGrant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and conducts Beethoven's 7th Symphony at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado.

Karina Canellakis holds a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree in violin from the Curtis Institute of Music. She speaks French, German and Italian, and is equally at home performing all genres of the repertoire.