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Paul Wilkinson Photography

Karin Hendrickson is the newly appointed Associate Artist at Sage Gateshead, Assistant Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Music Director of the Young Sinfonia in association with RNS (press release here).  One of the few conductors worldwide nominated for the 2016 Salzburg Festival/Nestle Young Conductors Award, she was recently accepted as 1 of 6 out of 161 applications for the 2017-18 Hart Institute of Women Conductors at the Dallas Opera, USA, and also 1 out of 142 for the 2018 Royal Opera House Women Conductors Workshop, Covent Garden.

Conducting highlights include debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (USA), Nashville Symphony Orchestra (USA), Kammersymphonie Graz (Austria), Sao Paulo Symphony (Brazil), Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK), and Southbank Sinfonia (London). 

Opera credits include Music Director for the premiere and tour of Opera for the Unknown Woman (Melanie Wilson/Fuel Opera), Music Director for Bloomsbury Opera, and most recently Chorus Master for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.

Karin has been an Assistant Conductor to Marin Alsop for various concerts and projects, including the BBC Proms/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Verdi Requiem, and the first European tour of her tenure with the Orchestra of Sao Paulo (including their Proms and Concertgebouw debuts).  Karin was also previously honored to have Marin's mentorship through the Taki-Concordia Fellowship programme from 2013-2015.  Other Assistant Conductor duties have included the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden for Music Director Koen Kessels (Flight Pattern/Crystal Pite/2018 Olivier Winner for Best New Dance) and the California Ballet, USA.

Karin has conducted various festival performances with youth ensembles and has prepared young groups (highlights include Britten's War Requiem (Benjamin Britten/Royal Festival Hall/Marin Alsop conducting; Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Learning and Participation), 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 Music Director for Garsington Youth Opera at Garsington Opera and The Royal Opera House Out Loud Festival.  Upcoming work will include conducting the INSPIRE Orchestra for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Music Director for Bernstein's MASS at the North Carolina School for the Arts (USA), and a return to the CBSO to lead their Shenley Academy programme for the second time.

As a collaborative pianist, Karin has worked with the Hot Springs Music Festival Opera, the George Mason Opera and Dance Company, and has accompanied world premiere solo performances by up-and-coming international composers and artists. Karin composed music for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, sung by Aretha Franklin and released on NBC Records.

Graduating with Distinction from the conducting program at Britain’s Royal Academy of Music in 2013 (Colin Metters, teacher), Karin was twice named a Gordon Foundation winner, receiving the Fred Southall Memorial Prize in her final year. Further awards include talent grants while training at the Peabody Conservatory, and an award to train at the Mozarteum, Salzburg under conductor Peter Gülke (2014 Siemens Prize winner).