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Equally at home with opera and orchestra, Karin Hendrickson is the Associate Artist at Sage Gateshead, Assistant Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Music Director of the Young Sinfonia in association with RNS.  Conducting highlights include Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (USA), Nashville Symphony Orchestra (USA), Kammersymphonie Graz (Austria), Orchestra Sinfônica da USP (Brazil), Sao Paulo Symphony (Brazil), Royal Northern Sinfonia (UK), London Mozart Players (UK)and Southbank Sinfonia (London), among others.

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, Chorus Master for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and was most recently Music Director for the production of Bernstein’s MASS at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts.  She 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 2019 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 Northern 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.

Recognized as an outstanding orchestral trainer, Karin has recently been named Associate Conductor to the 2019 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s Summer Tour of the U.K. and Germany under Mark Wigglesworth.  This followed her success leading the NYO INSPIRE Orchestra tour in 2018.  She has also been called on to prepare youth orchestras for venues such as the Southbank Centre (Marin Alsop/War Requiem/Benjamin Britten/Royal Festival Hall; Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Learning and Participation), and for the Barbican Centre’s collaboration between the London Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel/Appalachian Spring/Aaron Copland).  She was also Music Director for Garsington Youth Opera at Garsington Opera and The Royal Opera House Out Loud Festival, 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).