The Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship announced that it has selected Karina Canellakis as its Fellow for the 2013-15 seasons. During her fellowship Canellakis will work with several mentors, including conductor Marin Alsop, who established the fellowship in 2002 to “promote, present, and encourage talented women conductors at the beginning of their professional careers.” Canellakis also will receive an honorarium to support her work and studies. Canellakis holds a bachelor’s degree in violin from the Curtis Institute of Music and has performed regularly as a soloist with U.S. orchestras. She also has a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Alan Gilbert and James Ross. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in April at Zankel Hall, leading young musicians in the American Soundscapes series in works by Adams, Mackey, and Carter. Previous Taki Concordia recipients with current music directorships include Carolyn Kuan, Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Laura Jackson, Reno Philharmonic; Jeri-Lynne Johnson, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra; Mei-Ann Chen, Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta; and Mihaela Cesa Goje, Harmonia Cordis International Classical Guitar Festival.

Posted June 27, 2013