A FRONTRUNNER Exclusive: Conductor Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis is the definition of a Frontrunner. At 38 years old, she’s achieved quite a few firsts in the classical music world - an operative term being “she.” Classical music, specifically conducting, has forever been the territory of fearsome, old, white men wielding an iron grip over their players. Not she.

Canellakis is the first woman who has ever conducted the First Night of the BBC Proms. She was named chief conductor of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (The Netherlands), and the...

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