Karina Canellakis: Principal Guest Conductor

‘ Meteoric’ is the easiest cliché to use about Karina Canellakis’s career – after all, she made her conducting debut as recently as 2014. ‘Phenomenal’ is another: she won a Critics’ Circle Award shortly after her electrifying first appearance with the LPO, and in 2019 she became the first woman to conduct the First Night of the BBC Proms. But there’s nothing fleeting or flashy about her conducting, and her star seems to burn more brightly – and powerfully – with every concert. She’s our kind of musician: one who shares the LPO’s passion to push further, and explore more deeply.

In her first full season as our new Principal Guest Conductor, she’ll get to do exactly that – withan orchestra which, she says, has ‘captured my heart’. ‘Together we are going to explore all kinds of different repertoire, looking through a freshlens at Beethoven, and plunging into the intense world of Shostakovich’, she says. Fresh is certainly the word – she’ll also champion music by Scriabin, Wagner, John Adams and Lili Boulanger. After a difficult twelve months for music, here’s proof that some things are worth waiting for. ‘I cannot wait to see the members of the Orchestra again’, says Canellakis, and the feeling is mutual.