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. 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.

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Chief Conductor of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Nicholas Carter leads three new productions per season and appears regularly in the orchestra’s concert series. In the 2019/20 season he conducts Tannhauser, Boccanegra, Cendrillon and regular symphonic concerts including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and Schubert‘s Symphony No. 8. Opera performances in his first season included Rusalka, La Clemenza di Tito and Pelléas et Mélisande  and concert programmes included Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Plans for the 2019/20 season include his UK opera debut with Glyndebourne Opera (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and further debuts with Atlanta Symphony, Wiener Staatsoper (Die Fledermaus) and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He makes return visits to Orchestre Metropolitain (including Britten’s Les Illuminations), the Adelaide Festival to conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Ades’ Concentric Paths with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and to Deutsche Oper Berlin (Thaïs).

The 2021/22 season will see his Metropolitan Opera debut with Brett Dean’s Hamlet.

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 concerts in Lisbon, the 2019/20 season will see him conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker and Dresden Philharmonie; alongside orchestras in Spain, Japan, China and Latin America.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season included debuts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Orchestra del Teatro Regio Torino and Beethoven Orchester Bonn. Nuno also conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Dudamel Fellow, including presenting a world premiere as part of the orchestra’s “Green Umbrella” series.

Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic from 2015-17, Nuno returned to the orchestra in July 2018 for a Robeco SummerNights concert. The same summer saw him conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as a Gatti Masterclass participant.

In the theatre Nuno has conducted productions of La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, Rusalka and Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank, and assisted on Parsifal at Dutch National Opera.

Conductor, cellist & keyboardist

Jonathan Cohen

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 the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

During the 19-20 season he makes return visits to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra and debuts with the Handel and Haydn Society, Lucerne and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras and the Scottish Ensemble. He tours the USA with Les Violons du Roy and continues his collaboration with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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.

Winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the U.S Solti Foundation, Roderick Cox was Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra for the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons. Before arriving in Minnesota, he served for two years as Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Roderick was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival in 2013 which led to national recognition and a return to the Festival as a Fellow. He has also held Fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion programme and the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he was a David Effron Conducting Fellow.

Highlights among recent engagements as a guest conductor include debut subscription concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, his opera debut with Houston Grand Opera (Bizet’Pêcheurs de Perles) as well as further debuts with Sinfonia Varsovia, BBC Scottish Symphony and with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the Brighton Festival. US Summer debut performances included with the Houston Symphony (Miller Outdoor Theatre), Cleveland Orchestra (Blossom Summer Series) and with the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). In addition, Roderick returned to the Minnesota Orchestra for concerts in Minneapolis and the Beethoven Festival, Winona.

Highlights and debuts in the US during the 19/20 season include with the Richmond Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and with New York Philharmonic for New York Philharmonic’s Young Peoples Concerts Series. In Europe, Roderick will debut with the Orchestre de Paris, Dresdner Philharmonie, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Mannheim Staatsorchester and Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Born in Macon, Georgia, Roderick attended the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and then later attended Northwestern University graduating with a master’s degree in 2011.


Finnegan Downie Dear

Born in London, Finnegan is a young conductor who is increasingly recognised for the maturity and intensity of his performances, bringing clarity and vitality to the most challenging of scores.

After graduating with distinction from Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, he worked as an assistant conductor for the world’s foremost opera companies – the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opernhaus Zürich, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin and the Salzburger Festspiele – and with conductors including Simone Young, Thomas Adès, Daniel Harding, Matthias Pintsher and Richard Baker.

Recent highlights include debuts with Polish National Opera, conducting Mariusz Trelinksi’s award winning production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt; with Scottish Opera, leading Joe-Hill Gibbons’ critically acclaimed co- production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek; with Korea National Opera, conducting Christian Pade’s new production of Hänsel und Gretel, and with Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Hänsel und Gretel), where he will return this season.

2020 also sees him debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducting new productions of Britten The Turn of the Screw and Gerald Barry Alice’s Adventures Underground. Further engagements in the coming seasons include at Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, the Royal Swedish Opera and the Tiroler Festspiele.

On the concert platform, the 2018/19 season saw him debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the State Philharmonic of Kosice. This season he will also work with Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg for the first time.

As Music Director of the award-winning company Shadwell Opera, he collaborates with the UK’s finest young singers and instrumentalists, bringing stagings of seminal twentieth-century and contemporary works to new audiences. His performances with Shadwell Opera have received consistent acclaim in the national and international press – among them works by Benjamin, Maxwell Davies, Turnage. Schoenberg and Stravinsky. This autumn, Shadwell Opera will tour with its orchestra to the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, for the Russian premiere of Oliver Knussen Where the Wild Things Are.

In 2017, Finnegan was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

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