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One of the few young conductors worldwide nominated for the 2016 Salzburg Festival/Nestle Young Conductors Award, and just recently accepted as 1 of 6 out of 161 applications worldwide for the Hart Institute of Women Conductors at the Dallas Opera, USA, we are delighted to welcome Karin Hendrickson as the Orchestra’s new Conductor. Karin joins us in November 2017.

Karin’s other symphonic debuts include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (USA), Nashville Symphony Orchestra (USA), Kammersymphonie Graz (Austria), Sao Paulo Symphony (Brazil), and Ensemble Eroica (London). Opera work includes Music Director for the premiere and tour of Opera for the Unknown Woman (Melanie Wilson/National Theatre), Music Director for the Garsington Youth Opera's performances at Garsington, The Royal Opera House Out Loud Festival and Music Director for Bloomsbury Opera. She joins the staff in 2017 at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Chorus Master for Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. She will also begin work with the Royal Northern Sinfonia/Young Sinfonia in March 2018.

Last season, amongst other achievements, Karin was a cover conductor for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, was Assistant Conductor to the 2016 BBC Proms Verdi Requiem under Marin Alsop, and was a guest speaker at UK's City of Culture Women of the World Festival (Hull). She was also conductor for the City of Birmingham Orchestra's Orchestra Leadership project.

Karin has conducted various festival performances with youth ensembles around the United States, UK, and in Brazil, and has prepared young groups (highlights include Britten's War Requiem (Benjamin Britten/Royal Festival Hall/Marin Alsop conducting), and an educational project between the London Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Barbican Centre (Appalachian Spring/Aaron Copland/Gustavo Dudamel conducting). She was also part of the team at the Southbank Centre that was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for the best Learning and Participation programme in the United Kingdom for 2014-2015. This award celebrates the highest standards of achievement in all aspects of musicianship.

In 2016 Karin was invited to lead rehearsal of Voices Beyond Divisions, an educational trust bringing together young people of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths to perform together in London. Karin continues in her personal commitment to music education for young people and recently founded the Kid Maestro! programme, writing and presenting creative cross-curricular and topical educational concerts and musical interactions for school-aged children.

Graduating with Distinction from the conducting programme at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, Karin was twice named a Gordon Foundation winner, receiving the Fred Southall Memorial Prize in her final year. Further awards include the Baltimore Symphony Academy/Bruno Walter Conducting Chair prize from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/League of American Orchestras, talent grants from the Peabody Conservatory, and an award to train at the Mozarteum, Salzburg under conductor Peter Gülke (2014 Siemens Prize winner).

Visit Karin's website.
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