"Sensitively led . . . ." The Baltimore Sun
"delivered . . . with style and panache . . . " The Evening Standard (London)
One of the few young conductors worldwide nominated for the 2016 Salzburg Festival/Nestle Young Conductors Award, and just recently accepted out of 161 applications worldwide for the Hart Institute at the Dallas Opera, Karin Hendrickson is gaining a reputation as a collaborative conductor across a wide variety of styles. 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 this past year includes Music Director for the premiere and tour of Opera for the Unknown Woman (Melanie Wilson/National Theatre), and Music Director for the Garsington Youth Opera's performances at Garsington and The Royal Opera House Out Loud Festival.
This season Karin was a cover conductor for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, Music Director for Bloomsbury Opera, conducted the Southbank Sinfonia, was on the Artistic Staff with the Britten-Pears Orchestra for their UK Tour in April, 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). Upcoming appearances include an independent performance of Strauss' Die ägyptishce Helena and the City of Birmingham Orchestra's Orchestra Leadership project. In 2017/18 she will join The Royal Opera, London as Chorus Master for Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.
Past conducting highlights include her BBC Proms Plus and BBC Radio 3 debuts, successful concerts at the Cabrillo Festival for New Music, with the Orchestra of St. Johns in London, and Cover Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Opera, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the California Ballet. In 2012 Karin worked with Marin Alsop and the Sao Paulo Symphony at the Campos do Jordao Music Festival, and was subsequently invited to be the first Assistant Conductor for OSESP under her directorship, which included the orchestra's debut at the BBC Proms and Snape Proms (England), the Rheingau Musik Festiva (Germany), and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).
Karin has conducted various festival performances with youth ensembles around the United States 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 honored with the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for the best Learning and Participation program 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.
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. She will return to composing in 2017/18 with a song commission for the Equator Festival, England.
Graduating with Distinction from the conducting program at Britain’s 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).