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Paul Wilkinson Photography

Equally at home with opera and orchestra, 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 Dallas Opera Hart Institute of Women Conductors, USA, and was 1 out of 142 applicants for the 2018 Royal Opera House Covent Garden Women Conductors Workshop.

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. She was recently Music Director for the production of Bernstein’s MASS at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts, and will work for Longborough Festival Opera this summer as Assistant Conductor for their production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Jeremy Silver, Music Director).

Karin has been an Assistant Conductor to Marin Alsop for various concerts and projects, including her recent concert at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 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 Alsop’s mentorship through the Taki-Concordia Fellowship programme from 2013-2015.  Besides her work with Sao Paulo Symphony, and her appointment with the Royal Norther Sinfonia, 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.  In 2018 she led the INSPIRE Orchestra tour for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and has been invited back for 2019 to conduct NYOGB on their schools’ tour, as well as acting as Assistant Conductor for the 2019 NYOGB U.K. tour, which will include their BBC Proms appearance (Carlos Andres Botero, Music Director), and has twice led the CBSO Shenley Academy programme.

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), 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).