Harnoncourt’s festival skips two generations

Harnoncourt’s festival skips two generations


norman lebrecht

January 14, 2016

The Styriarte festival, founded by Nikolaus Harnoncourt 30 years ago in his home town of Graz, faced a critical dilemma. How does one replace a legend who has just retired in this summer’s Beethoven cycle?

They have taken the bold option.

Harnoncourt’s dates have been divided between three rising conductors: the American Karina Canellakis, 34; the Colombian Andrés Orozco-Estrada, 38; and the French period-practice expert Jérémie Rhorer, 42.

karina canellakis

The 9th symphony at Salzburg will be conducted by Orozco-Estrada.


  • Scott Cantrell says:

    Karina Canellakis is a HUGE talent. We’re so lucky to have her as assistant with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she’s been getting some good exposure.

    • LP says:

      I agree. She just conducted the San Diego Symphony last week-end, and I was impressed. She is supposedly “auditioning” for the position of chief conductor which will be available in 2018 (at least that’s how it is presented in the press. I have no clue whether she is even interested) and I hope the SD symphony executives give her serious consideration. The other conductors on the Harnoncourt replacement list seem very interesting too. I had never heard of Orozco-Estrada before but what I saw of him on youtube makes me think it is an excellent choice too.

  • Max Grimm says:

    A little clip of Harnoncourt in conversation with Canellakis, when she stood in for Harnoncourt at styriarte last year, conducting a Dvořák program with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.