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  • 20 February 2024

    Karina Canellakis renews collaboration with London Philharmonic Orchestra

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  • 20 October 2023

    Karina Canellakis launches residency at Musikverein

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  • 15 September 2023

    Karina Canellakis opens the season with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

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  • 28 April 2023

    Karina Canellakis releases first album in partnership with Pentatone

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  • 10 November 2021

    Karina Canellakis makes European Opera house debut

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  • 04 June 2021

    Karina Canellakis and Daniel Harding take leading roles in ARTE’s Beethoven Cycle across Europe

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  • 26 November 2020

    Karina Canellakis debuts with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

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  • 06 April 2020

    Karina Canellakis appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Press

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphony no. 8

    Royal Festival Hall, London
    Oct 2023
    • Canellakis made sure that this wartime symphony had trenchant power and a palpable sense of the overwhelming forces that crush individual freedoms.

  • Bartok Concerto for Orchestra

    recording
    Jun 2023
    • Canellakis projects the slow 'Preludio', 'Intermezzo' and 'Marcia Funebre' movements with full-blooded passion, securing a wonderfully warm string tone from her orchestra, and unleashes tremendous energy and ferocity in the 'Scherzo'... The great virtue of this performance, however, is that Canellakis places more emphasis on the work's shadowy and anguished resonances rather than focussing on its propensity towards extrovert virtuoso display.

    • Karina Canellakis (who wrote the detailed - and impassioned - booklet notes) clearly relates to the ethos of these pieces and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (impressively engineered by the Pentatone team) paint the soundscape with both finesse and fire.

      • Gramophone Magazine
      • 01 June 2023
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    May 2022
    • Canellakis also sees to it that brief moments of tranquility seamlessly cede to moments of lush romanticism, to a thrilling, frenzied air of turmoil created by furiously bowed strings and powerful horns, to a sustained silence, and then to the almost dreamy sleep in the wake of a storm. The contrasting moods of peaceful, lyrical beauty and ferocious bursts of rage are impeccably captured from first note to last. Bravo to both this remarkable orchestra and an outstanding conductor.

  • Scriabin: Symphony no. 4, The Poem of Ecstasy

    Royal Festival Hall, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jan 2022
    • The chemistry of conductor and orchestra seemed well-nigh perfect: often Canellakis encompassed the sound, rounding her elbows and opening her arms, and the music flung itself into them. Canellakis achieved exactly the right balance between controlling the constellations in this luminous night sky of sound and maintaining a collegial presence, her players responding to her with gusto that was suitably ecstatic…Above all, the LPO has a real treasure in Canellakis

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 4

    Roayl Festival Hall, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jan 2022
    • An urgent energy swept us through the slow movement, but with enough bloom to provide emotional release, Canellakis letting the bittersweet mood gradually dissolve like melted snow. There was a freshly minted quality to the puckish fast movement…There is explosive chemistry between this conductor and orchestra.

    • Throughout there was precision but not at the cost of tension, so that the feeling of release at the symphony’s final climax was overpowering. Canellakis and the LPO are an excellent team in the making.

  • Eugen Onegin

    Théâtre des Champs Élysées
    Nov 2021
    • Cette nouvelle production fait donc figure d'événement, d'autant qu'elle est d'une qualité exceptionnelle. La jeune chef américaine Karina Canellakis dirige, avec toutes les nuances indispensables pour entendre l'œuvre, l'Orchestre national de France

      • Le Figaro
      • 21 November 2021
    • De la fosse, la cheffe Karina Cannelakis fait monter la musique vibrante, enveloppante, enivrante de Tchaïkovsky. Elle tient notre très bel Orchestre National d’une main souple et forte... On sent qu’elle a son Tchaïkovksy à fleur de peau. Et le frisson passe dans la salle

      • Forumopera.com
      • 25 November 2021
    • la direction de Karina Canellakis est passionnelle à souhait, naviguant avec une évidente jubilation entre sombre fièvre, rythmes haletants et déroulé paisible des séquences mélancoliques – donnant à entendre, en tout cas, toutes les subtilités d’une partition riche de nuances.

      • Web Theatre
      • 21 November 2021
  • London Symphony Orhsetra

    Barbican Centre
    Mar 2020
    • Karina Canellakis, making her conducting debut with the LSO, gave us beautifully fluent accounts of Strauss's 1946 Symphonic Fantasy on his 1919 opera Die Frau ohne Schatten and early tone poem Death and Transfiguration (1889), and of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major and "choreographic poem" La valse.'