Breaking: Holland picks its first female chief conductormain
The American Karina Canellakis is to be the first woman music director of a major Dutch orchestra.
She has just been named chief of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, which ranks third in the hierarchy behind the Concertgebouw and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
She will succeed Markus Stenz in September 2019.
Canellakis, 36, was assistant to Jaap van Zweden in Dallas and is being introduced to Dutch media as his protegée. She credits her first conducting opportunity to a spell at the Berlin Philharmonic Academy, when Sir Simon Rattle offered her the baton.
A New Yorker, she won the 2016 Georg Solti conducting competition and is agented from London by AskonasHolt.
She made her debut with the radio orchestra just eight weeks ago.