Designated “Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music” (Chicago Tribune) and winner of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Prize, Vladimir Kulenovic has taken his place as one of the finest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. Hailed as the 'conductor with an uncommon passion' by Chicago Tribune’s distinguished critic John von Rhein, Kulenovic is currently the 7th Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony, where he has generated unprecedented growth in the orchestra’s 60 year history, and released its first ever commercial CD recordings on the Grammy-Award winning Cedille Records label.
Having concluded four seasons as Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony|Utah Opera, Kulenovic has also served as assistant conductor with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Festival and Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic. His U.S. conducting engagements include symphonies of Alabama, Arkansas, Chicago, Columbus, Florida, Grand Rapids, Houston, Illinois, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Omaha, San Francisco, South Bend, Stamford, Utah, Winston-Salem, philharmonic orchestras of Naples and Savannah, Oklahoma City, the Louisville Orchestra, and Aspen, Cabrillo and Round Top music festivals.
Worldwide, Kulenovic lead the Basque National Orchestra of Spain, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Bilkent Symphony, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Leipziger Symphonieorchester, Malaysia Philharmonic, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Orchestra Sinfonica de Espana, Orchestra Classica de Santa Cecilia, Romanian State Philharmonic, Slovenia Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, Macedonian Philharmonic, Macedonian Opera and Kuhmo, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Verbier music festivals.
In 2012, Kulenovic was awarded the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellowship and the position of conducting assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, working closely with his long-time mentor, the late maestro Kurt Masur. He also served as cover conductor with the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony.
Vladimir Kulenovic earned graduate diplomas in conducting from both The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where his teachers were Alan Gilbert, James DePreist and Gustav Meier. He completed his bachelor’s degree in piano and a master’s degree in conducting from the Boston Conservatory, summa cum laude. Among his numerous awards are the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Grants, Bruno Walter Memorial Award, the Charles Schiff Prize for Excellence at Juilliard and the 2nd Grand Prix at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris. He was one of six top U.S. young conductors chosen by the League of American Orchestras for the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview.
Official Bio for the 2018-19 Season
Updated: November, 2018.
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