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Karina Canellakis Named Recipient of 2016 The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

03.29.16
Karina Canellakis
Solti Foundation US

Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S. and Elizabeth Buccheri, Artistic and Awards Committee Chair, are pleased to announce the Foundation’s seventh $25,000 Grant, The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award to Karina Canellakis, currently in her second season as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony.   

Equally, if not more important than the grant monies which the recipient may use in various ways to further his/her career, whether it be further studies, purchases of scores, travel, etc., are the door- opening introductions within the industry and valuable access to mentors. The Foundation’s Board of Directors comprises experts from all areas of the classical music industry.   

“It gives us great pleasure to bestow Karina Canellakis, who we recognized just last season with aSolti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, with this year’s Solti Conducting Award,” stated Mrs. Van Horn. “It is especially exciting to witness her continuing development in both orchestral and operatic fields. The Foundation extends the legacy of Sir Georg by ensuring that talented young American conductors get the opportunity to demonstrate their musicianship, leadership and full potential to the broadest possible audience.”


Internationally praised for both her technical and lyrical command of the music, New York born Karina Canellakis has received glowing critical endorsements of her performances since first making headlines in 2014 filling in last-minute for Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's 8th symphony. She made her European conducting debut last June with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and has been re-invited to Graz this coming June to conduct his orchestra, Concentus Musicus Wien, in four symphonies of a Beethoven Cycle. Currently in her second season as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, she conducts more than 30 concerts per season with the orchestra, including innovative programs on the Remix Series, standard repertoire on the "DSO On the Go" series, Youth and Family concerts, and various other concerts geared towards specific audiences in the community.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music (Bachelor's in violin) and of The Juilliard School, (Master's in orchestral conducting), among Ms. Canellakis' previous honors are a 2015 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, and serving as a conducting fellow at the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Music Center for the 2014 summer. In addition to Rattle and Zweden, her most prominent mentors are Alan Gilbert and Fabio Luisi. 

Artistic and Awards Committee Chair Elizabeth Buccheri said, “We on the Solti award selection committee have followed with interest the musical path of Karina Canellakis. We have personally observed her work in both rehearsal and concert, and find her to be the kind of talent we wish to support with continuing enthusiasm.” 

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