Karina Canellakis - Principal Guest Conductor

Karina Canellakis became the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor in September 2020.

Conductor Karina Canellakis

One of the most dynamic and exciting conductors of our time, Karina Canellakis made an immediate impact on the players of the LPO when she made her debut with them in October 2018 in a concert of Sibelius, Dvořák and Bartók at the Royal Festival Hall.

During the 2021/22 season Karina Canellakis conducts four Royal Festival Hall concerts in her first full season as Principal Guest Conductor. The four programmes span a broad range of repertoire including Sibelius, John AdamsShostakovich, Wagner, Scriabin, Lili Boulanger and Victoria Borisova-Ollas, showcasing leading soloists including Inon Barnatan, Stephen Hough, Christian Tetzlaff and Cédric Tiberghien.

‘[Canellakis’s] rapport with the London Philharmonic was easygoing and evident: the players visibly enjoyed making music with her, appreciated by a vocally supportive audience.’ 

Classical Source, October 2018

Currently Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor of the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Canellakis’s international reputation has quickly grown since winning the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2016. She began her career as a violinist, graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, performing frequently as soloist and chamber musician, and playing for two years in the Berlin Philharmonic as a member of their Orchester-Akademie. She then spent a number of years playing regularly in the Chicago Symphony and appearing as Guest Leader of various orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic. Having been inspired to focus more seriously on conducting, she decided to study at Juilliard, and began conducting professionally in 2013, initially with the International Contemporary Ensemble in New York. She made her European conducting debut in 2015 and over the last few seasons has made hugely successful debuts with leading orchestras around the world that have resulted in instant re-invitations and lasting relationships.