Karina Canellakis was announced today as the new Principal Guest Conductor of Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, starting in September 2019 for an initial tenure of three years. She will also be the orchestra’s Artist in Focus for the 2019/20 season.
Karina’s first performance in this position will be on 20 October 2019 in the Philharmonie with Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. On 30 and 31 December she will conduct the orchestra’s two traditional New Year’s Eve concerts with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and for her third programme on 5 April 2020 she combines works by Stravinsky, Webern and Scriabin with the first Violin Concerto by Szymanowski with Nicola Benedetti as soloist.
Delighted with the appointment, Karina said in an interview that “It is with great enthusiasm that I begin this journey with the wonderful musicians of the RSB, during which we want to explore many new and interesting corners of the repertoire.”
This announcement comes on the back of her appointment as Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio, which she also begins in September 2019, and of her successful Berlin debut with Deutsches Symphonie-orchester Berlin last Saturday. Last week Karina gave interviews with Berliner Morgenpost, Kuluturradio and Deutschlandfunk Kultur in which she discussed the run-up to the concert, her musical life and her longstanding relationship with the city of Berlin.
See Karina talk about her appointment here