Violin & Conductors
Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv and studied under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman.
He started performing as an international soloist and a chamber musician at a young age and has since performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. His chamber music collaborations have included projects with Issac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida and Angelika Kirschlager to name a few.
He was the youngest person ever to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position he held for twelve years before leaving to pursue his solo career.
Recent highlights include the position of Artist-in-Residence with the Trondheim Symphoniker for the 17/18 season which showcased Guy’s multi-faceted musicianship with projects as both conductor and soloist. Further highlights include concerto debuts with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & the Tampere Philharmonia. Recent conducting highlights include debuts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as well as returns to the Pierre Boulez saal for recital performances at the Elbphilharmonie with the Hamburger Symphoniker, where he holds the position of Associate Artist.
In 19/20, Guy will be Artist in Residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and will return to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Symphoniker Hamburg as both soloist, conductor and in play-direct capacities. Other highlights include debuts with the Vancouver Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s as well as concerts with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s and extensive touring with the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra
Guy plays a rare violin made by Francesco Roggieri in 1679.
Karina Canellakis is the newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, with both appointments beginning in the 2019/20 season. In September 2020 she will begin her role as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command and interpretive depth, Karina’s reputation has risen quickly since winning the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2016.
She makes several notable debuts in the 2019/20 season, including Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Atlanta and Minnesota, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. With a strong presence at European summer festivals, Karina also makes debut appearances at St Denis Festival with Orchestre Philharmonique du Radio France and Edinburgh International Festival with BBC Scottish Symphony, and returns to Bregenz Festspiele with Wiener Symphoniker with a programme featuring the third act of Wagner’s Siegfried. Other notable re-invitations include Orchestre de Paris, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Houston and Toronto symphonies and the LA Philharmonic for performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
On the operatic stage, Karina returns this season to Opernhaus Zurich, where she will lead a fully staged production of Verdi’s Requiem. Last season she conducted critically acclaimed performances of Don Giovanni with the Curtis Opera Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. She has also conducted Die Zauberflöte with Opernhaus Zurich, Le nozze di Figaro with Curtis Opera Theatre, and gave the world premiere of David Lang’s opera The Loser at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 2017 Karina led Peter Maxwell Davies’ final opera, The Hogboon, with Luxembourg Philharmonic.
Now in his final season as Chief Conductor of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Nicholas Carter will take up the Chief Conductor position of the Konzert Theater Bern from the beginning of the 2021/22 season. In addition to his conducting duties there, Nicholas will also assume the role of Opera Director.
His tenure in Klagenfurt sees Nicholas leading three new productions per season and appearing regularly in the orchestra’s concert series. His repertoire there has included widely celebrated productions of Tannhäuser, Pelleas et Melisande, Simon Boccanegra, Rusalka, Elektra, and La Clemenza di Tito among others.
In recent seasons, Nicholas‘s guest engagements have included the Wiener Staatsoper (Die Fledermaus), return visits to the Radio Symphonieorchester Berlin, Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, Orchestre Metropolitain (Montreal) plus invitations to Glyndebourne Opera (Entführung aus dem Serail), the Seoul Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony and Sydney Symphony, which were all postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Born in Melbourne, Nicholas enjoys an ongoing relationship with all the major Australian orchestras, particularly with the Adelaide Symphony, where he served as Principal Conductor from 2016-2019.
After serving as Kapellmeister and musical assistant to Simone Young at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Nicholas was invited in 2014 to take up a Kapellmeister position at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he worked closely with GMD Donald Runnicles. He enjoys an ongoing relationship with this house and returns this season to conduct Der Fliegende Holländer.
The 2021/22 season will see his New York Metropolitan Opera debut with Brett Dean’s Hamlet.
Karel Mark Chichon
Karel Mark Chichon O.B.E is the Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, starting from the 2017/18 season.
In 2016, Karel was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (London) in recognition of his achievements within the profession.
Karel’s previous positions include Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken (2011-2017), Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (2009-2012) and Chief Conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra (2006-2009).
Karel conducts at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Belgique, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Russian National Orchestra.
In early 2016, Karel made a highly acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York with Madama Butterfly, which included a broadcast live on HD in 2,000 cinemas in 66 countries throughout the world.
Karel is also a regular Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, having recently recorded two CDs for the renowned record label.
Myung-Whun Chung began his musical career as a pianist, winning second prize at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1974. After his musical studies at the Mannes School and Juilliard School in New York, he was appointed Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant in 1979 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and became Associate Conductor two years later.
He was Music Director of the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 1990, Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Firenze from 1987 to 1992 and Music Director of the Opéra de Paris-Bastille from 1989 to 1994. The year 2000 marked his return to Paris as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. His love for Italy has been the basis of his extensive work in that country for many years, including, from 1997 to 2005, his position as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also appears regularly at the Teatro La Fenice, recently conducting Madama Butterfly, Simon Boccanegra, Otello and Tristan und Isolde. Other recent opera engagements include La traviata and Rigoletto at the Wiener Staatsoper. In Germany, he became Principal Guest Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden at the beginning of the 2012/13 season, the first conductor to hold the post in the history of the orchestra. Outside Europe, he is increasingly committed to musical and social causes in Asia through his role as Honorary Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and previously as Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Winner of the 2017 Cadaqués International Conducting Competition, Nuno Coelho is currently Guest Conductor of Orquestra Gulbenkian.
In addition to projects in Lisbon, the 2021/22 season will see Nuno debut with the Dresden Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Hannover, Gavle Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Antwerp Symphony and Orchestre National de Lille. He also returns to the Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Espanola and Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia.
Recent highlights have included concerts with the Hamburg Symphoniker, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Orchestra del Teatro Regio Torino, Noord Nederlands Orkest and Netherlands Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In spring 2019 he stepped in for Bernard Haitink to conduct the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and during the 2018/19 season he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Dudamel Fellow.
In the theatre Nuno has conducted productions of La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, Rusalka and a staging of Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. Future opera plans include Così fan tutte in Lisbon.
Conductor, cellist & keyboardist
Jonathan Cohen has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music Jonathan is equally at home in such diverse activities as baroque opera and the classical symphonic repertoire. He is Artistic Director of Arcangelo, Music Director of Les Violons du Roy, Artistic Director of Tetbury Festival and Artistic Partner of Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
During the 20-21 season he returns to Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (BBC Proms) and Handel and Haydn Society. He makes his debut at Staatsoper Berlin performing Orfeo with Freiburger Barockorchester and Vocalconsort Berlin in a production by Sasha Waltz Company. Other debuts include Kobe City Chamber Orchestra and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and he continues his fruitful collaboration in Quebec with Les Violons du Roy.
Jonathan founded Arcangelo in 2010, who strive to perform high quality and specially created projects. He has toured with them to exceptional halls and festivals including Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg Festival and Carnegie Hall New York. They made their Proms debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2016 and returned to the Proms in 2018 to present Theodora to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall. They continue with a busy recording schedule to continued acclaim with recent releases such as “Arianna” with Kate Lindsey on Alpha records and Grammy nominated Buxtehude trio sonatas.
Winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the U.S Solti Foundation, Berlin-based American conductor, Roderick Cox, has been praised as a conductor who is “paving the way” (NBC News) and recognised as a “trailblazer…a conductor who will be amongst the vanguard” (Minnesota StarTribune). Cox has gained international attention for recent appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and Philharmonia Orchestra (London).
Highlights this season include his debuts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, and San Francisco Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia); as well as returns to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, and Chineke! Orchestra for a for digital concert from the Royal Festival Hall.
Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances with Philharmonia Orchestra (London), BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Dresdner Philharmonie, Cleveland Orchestra (Blossom Music Festival), Minnesota Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra; in the theatre, he made his opera debut at the Houston Grand Opera (Pêcheurs de Perles). Engagements re-arranged to future seasons as result of the COVID-19 pandemic include New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Kristiansand Symfoniorkester.
Through his passion for education and diversity and inclusion in the arts, Cox started the Roderick Cox Music Initiative (RCMI) in 2018- a project to help provide scholarship funds to young musicians of color from unrepresented communities, allowing them to pay for instruments, music lessons, and summer camps. Cox and his new initiative will be featured in an upcoming documentary called Conducting Life.
Born in Macon, Georgia, Cox attended the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and then later attended Northwestern University, graduating with a master’s degree in 2011. He was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival in 2013 and has held Fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion program and at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he was a David Effron Conducting Fellow. Roderick Cox was appointed as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra under conductor Osmo Vänskä in 2016 for three seasons having previously served as assistant conductor for a year.