Young US conductor jumps in for ailing Harnoncourt

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, 85, has pulled out of two Styriate concerts this weekend in his home town, Graz.

His replacement is Karina Canellakis, 33. Go, Karina.

photo (c) Todd Rosenberg

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  • She just had a very succesful debut with the Houston Symphony, replacing an injured Teddy Abrams. Given all the complaining about the lack of women conductors on this forum, it is noteworthy that 2 of our 3 debuts in Houston’s summer series are female, with Anu Tali joining us this week in her second concert back after the birth of her first child last month.

  • Karina was a Tanglewood conducting Fellow last summer, and she was one of several musicians–instrumentalists, a singer, a conductor–chosen to be featured in a series of weekly filmed documentaries about what the summer at Tanglewood is like. The whole series was available on the BSO website under the heading “Tanglewood Tales”; it provides several opportunities to see her in rehearsal and performance.

  • Wow! Congratulation Karina! And this in the town where I studied conducting and I made my first steps at the Opera House!
    Brava Karina!

  • She will also make her debut in San Diego next season, supposedly auditioning for the position of Music Director of the San Diego Symphony. It sounds rather interesting. I wonder what prompted the Graz people to ask her to replace Harnoncourt as I don’t see in her bio anything relating her to him somehow.

  • Hi Norman. For future reference Karina is 33 not 35. The Festival made a mistake in their original press release. Please could you correct this in your article. Many thanks.

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