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.

Karina makes several notable debuts in the 2018/19 season, including with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-orchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Oslo Philharmonic, and Stavanger Symphony. In addition, Canellakis leads the prestigious 2018 Nobel Prize Concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, with whom she appears twice in this season.

Re-invitations feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, and North Carolina. She also conducts Don Giovanni with the Curtis Opera Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In Europe, she returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lyon, among others.

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Newly appointed as Chief Conductor of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Nicholas Carter will lead three new productions per season and appear regularly in the orchestra’s concert series. In his first season, he conducts Rusalka, La Clemenza di Tito and Pelléas et Mélisande, and concert programmes include Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Since his appointment as Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2016, Nicholas has established a reputation as a conductor of exceptional versatility, equally at home in the concert hall and opera house, and fluent in a diverse repertoire. Indeed his appointment was significant, as he became the first Australian to be chosen as Principal Conductor of an Australian orchestra in over 30 years. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Kapellmeister to Simone Young in Hamburg, before moving on to a 2 year engagement as Kapellmeister and Musical Assistant to Donald Runnicles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, a house where he enjoys a rewarding ongoing association.

This season includes performances with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (concert debut, including Brett Dean’s Pastoral Symphony and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony) and returns to BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin (Rigoletto) and Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Don Carlo). The Adelaide concert season features Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and a commercial recording of the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Jayson Gillham. He also returns to the orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music Melbourne and to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. The 2021/22 season sees 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.

Nuno Coelho won First Prize at the 2017 Cadaqués International Conducting Competition. In summer 2018 he was appointed Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Gulbenkian and a Los Angeles Philharmonic Dudamel Fellow; he made his debut with the latter in October 2018 as part of the orchestra’s Green Umbrella series.

In addition to projects in Lisbon and Los Angeles, the 2018-19 season will see Nuno conduct the BBC Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Ulster Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia and Orchestra del Teatro Regio, amongst others.

Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic from 2015-17, Nuno returned to the orchestra in July 2018 for a concert at the Concertgebouw as part of Robeco SummerNights. Other recent engagements include dates with the Basel Sinfonieorchester, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Kammerorchester Basel.

In June 2018 Nuno conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as a participant in the Daniele Gatti Masterclass. He has assisted Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnányi, Susanna Mälkki and Marc Albrecht, the latter on Pierre Audi’s production of Parsifal at Dutch National Opera. Opera projects elsewhere include Seven Deadly Sins, La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana and Rusalka.

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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 recognised for the maturity and intensity of his performances, bringing clarity and vitality to the most challenging of scores. He studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from both with distinction before being elected an Associate of RAM in 2017.

As the Music Director of Shadwell Opera, his performances have received consistent acclaim in the national and international press; Opera Magazine praising his “exemplary clarity and real dramatic zest”, The Independent his ability to “find the distinct sonic world of each score…drawing brutally precise and expressive playing”.

Future highlights include conducting debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Ensemble Resonanz, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, at Frankfurt Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Tiroler Festival ERL.

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