The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Aram Demirjian, The 2020 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Widely acclaimed for his transformative work as the music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and frequent appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Aram Demirjian is sought after for his “graceful, energetic direction” (Sarasota Herald Tribune), bold programming, and distinctive communication skills with audience members and musicians alike.

As the eighth Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Aram has brought the orchestra to new artistic heights. Under his leadership, the orchestra has seen sustained increases in ticket revenue, in addition to national recognition for its achievements, including being selected in 2020 as one of four orchestras to be featured at SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, presented by the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts. His visionary programming emphasizes cross-disciplinary collaboration, and has included projects with renowned partners such as the Big Ears Festival, Violins of Hope, and PROJECT Trio, plus regional partnerships with Appalachian Ballet Company, contemporary music ensemble Nief-Norf, and West African drum ensemble Indigenous Vibes.

Aram’s recent guest conducting highlights include engagements with the Philadelphia, Sarasota, and Breckenridge Music Festival orchestras, the New York, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New England Conservatory, Omaha, Portland, San Antonio, and Tucson symphonies, and the Louisiana and Orlando philharmonics. Internationally, he has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónico de Minería, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Orchéstre Métropolitain de Montréal. In future seasons, Aram is scheduled to make appearances with the KSO, in addition to making debuts with the North Carolina, San Diego, and Santa Rosa symphonies. Read more…


Yaniv Dinur, The 2019 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Resident Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Dinur is lauded for his bold programming, insightful performances, and unique ability to connect with diverse audiences, from season subscribers to first-time concertgoers. Currently in his fourth season as Music Director of the New Bedford Symphony, he leads the orchestra with star soloists such as Yefim Bronfman, Joyce Yang, Stephen Hough, and Pinchas Zukerman. As the Resident Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony, Dinur conducts more than 50 concerts per season. Read more…


Roderick Cox, The 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Berlin-based American conductor, Roderick Cox, has gained international attention for recent appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and Philharmonia Orchestra (London). Forthcoming highlights include his debuts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Orchestre National de Montpellier, opera debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera (both with Il barbiere di Siviglia), and performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (at Hollywood Bowl), Cincinnati Symphony, Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Tucson Symphony. Read more…


Christopher Allen, The 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Christopher Allen has led acclaimed performances with the Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Philadelphia, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Daegu Opera House in South Korea and China National Opera Orchestra and Chorus. As The John L. Magro Resident Conductor for Cincinnati Opera, Mo. Allen has joined the company for three consecutive seasons, in addition to leading the Cincinnati Symphony in the annual Washington Park Concert each summer.

In the 2019/20 season, Maestro Allen’s schedule includes a return to Florida Grand Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre to conduct Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He makes conducting debuts at Arizona Opera in Puccini’s La bohème, Opera Omaha’s One Festival in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and with Opéra de Montréal for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Read more…


Karina Canellakis, The 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

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.  Read more…


Vladimir Kulenovic, The 2015 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Mr. Kulenovic will make his debut with L’Orchestre National d’Îlle de France this coming season at the much-acclaimed Philharmonie de Paris. Among other orchestras that he has conducted worldwide are the National Arts Centre Orchestra/Ottawa, Beethoven-Orchester/Bonn, Deutsche Kammerakademie/Neuss am Rhein, Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Leipziger Symphonieorchester, Württembergische Philharmonie, Basque National Orchestra of Spain, Orquesta Sinfónica de España, Orquesta Sinfónica Camera Musicae/Barcelona, Orquesta Classica de Santa Cecilia/Madrid, Taipei Symphony, and the Slovenian RTV Symphony. Philharmonic orchestras include Malaysia, Minas Gerais/Brazil, Jalisco, Romania, Belgrade, Zagreb, Macedonia and the Macedonia National Opera, as well as the renowned festivals of Kuhmo, Salzburg, and Verbier. Read more…


Cristian Macelaru, The 2014 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Newly appointed Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, Music Director Designate of Orchestre National de France, Cristian Măcelaru is one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. He takes on the new positions at WDR and ONF — Europe’s leading radio orchestras — effective with the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons respectfully. Măcelaru is Music Director and Conductor of the internationally renowned Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In August 2019, he led his third season in premiere-filled programs of new works by an esteemed group of composers. Read more…


James Feddeck, The 2013 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

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Recent seasons have seen debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In North America he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Toronto, and Montréal Symphony Orchestras. Read more…


Case Scaglione, The 2011 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Case Scaglione is Chief Conductor of the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and Music Director Designate of Orchestre national d’Île de France (19/20). He has previously served as Associate Conductor with the New York Philharmonic and Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles. High in demand as a guest conductor across the globe, Case’s recent distinguished European engagements include debut and return appearances with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Brussels Philharmonic, Flanders Symphony Orchestra and Brno Philharmonic. In North America, Case has worked with New York Philharmonic, Houston,  Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras. Read more…


Erik Nielsen, The 2009 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Erik Nielsen became Chief Conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in September 2015 and served as Music Director of Theater Basel from 2016 – 2018. In 2002 he began a 10-year association with the Frankfurt Opera, starting as Korrepetitor (pianist) and later as Kapellmeister.  One year prior to this, he was a harpist in the Berlin Philharmonic as a member of its Orchester-Akademie.

Erik studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and received his bachelor’s degree in both oboe and harp performance at The Juilliard School. Read more…


The Sir Georg Solti Conducting AwardAnthony Barrese, The 2007 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Fellow

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award

Currently Mr. Barrese works as a freelance composer and conductor. He has led several productions with Sarasota Opera (Lakmé, Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel), and with Opera Southwest (Le nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, La cenerentola) where he is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. He was the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Opera in 2006-2007 and returned there as Guest Conductor for a production of Tosca in 2008. For more information: Read more…