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Royal Northern Sinfonia - Karin Hendrickson

Assistant Conductor


Equally at home with opera and orchestra, Karin Hendrickson is the newly appointed Associate Artist at Sage Gateshead, Assistant Conductor of Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Music Director of the Young Sinfonia in association with RNS. 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).

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.

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).