Just in: Woman conductor to lead Nobel ceremony

Just in: Woman conductor to lead Nobel ceremony


norman lebrecht

April 05, 2018

It was announced today in Stockholm that Karina Canellakis will conduct at the Nobel prize ceremony in December and Lisa Batiashvili (pictured) will be the soloist. Canellakis is American, Batiashvili Georgian.


The Russians won’t be pleased.


  • Carole says:

    Wonderful news! We’ve known Karina since she was a violin student at Curtis. She worked her tail off and it’s such a pleasure to see her succeeding as a conductor.


      I remember being impressed by her violin playing at Marlboro. I think that shining at Marlboro is a very big deal. If she is as good a conductor as she is a violinist, we are in for a treat.

      More important than being a woman: she is talented.

    • Michael Comins says:

      And brother Nick is a terrific cellist….(not exactly relevant, but I’m adding anyway).

  • Andreas says:

    The Nobel Prize Concert, not ceremony.

  • Bruce says:

    What does this mean?

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    I am sure the Nobel Committee would consider the idea seriously.

  • Anon says:

    And my dog is a German shepherd. Also very relevant in this context.

  • Ed Rosen says:

    Why the photo of the soloist, when the story is about the conductor?

  • Mark says:

    You really think the Russians give a damn ?

  • George says:

    Why does it always say „Woman conductor“ in the headline(s) and never the artist name?