Karina Canellakis declares it’s her time

Karina Canellakis declares it’s her time


norman lebrecht

March 16, 2023

The conductor withdrew today from her Philadelphia Orchestra concerts next month ‘as she is expecting a child in May’.

Osmo Vänskä will jump in.

By sheer coincidence Karina also announced today an exclusive, long-term collaboration with Pentatone and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, starting with a Bartok release next month.

We wish her well.




  • NYMike says:

    She’s also withdrawn from a May appearance with the NY Phil.

  • trumpetherald says:

    Good luck,Karina!!!!!!You are marvellous!

  • TruthHurts says:

    These women conductors are truly amazing! Stokowski, Ormandy, Muti, you name them, not one of these maestri ever gave birth. Another reason we simply must continue to talk about nothing but women conductors. I don’t think the topic has gotten old. Thank heaven for forums such as this one, which waste so much of our time regurgitating this tired politically-correct garbage that has nothing to do with music.

    • trumpetherald says:

      What a load of rubbish….Another lament of the goners…

    • WhoseTruth says:

      Your comments are like those of 4chan incel forums, striking the perfect balance between the prejudiced and the unnecessary.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      Yes, when I sit around and discuss conductors with my friends (something I don’t do anyway, because I’d much rather talk about the music itself), we always come to the point where someone says, “boy, that George Szell – he was some great conductor! Too bad he couldn’t give birth as well”.

    • Barry Michael Okun says:

      You think if a male conductor got pregnant it wouldn’t be heavily covered here?

  • Mather Pfeiffenberger says:

    She led a fantastic performance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra with the National Symphony in Washington, DC this past November.

  • Margaret Koscielny says:

    She was considered for the position of conductor with the Jacksonville Symphony back a few years ago, and stunned the audience with a fantastic performance with an obviously enthusiastic orchestra. However,
    the English (Northern Ireland dialect) contestant won the appointment. Southern Americans (US) just go “gag-ga” over English accents. It’s from watching all those dramas from the BBC. (I still wish she had been chosen to be our conductor.)

    • RW2013 says:

      Not even good enough for Jacksonville (where?)
      That says it all.

    • Piston1 says:

      Why complain, especially in an anglophobic manner. Look at her career, the orchestras she’s working with now. She would’ve stayed two or three years, at the most.