Biography

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 the distinguished Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein, Mr. Kulenovic is currently the 7th Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony.  During his four year tenure, the Lake Forest Symphony has seen unprecedented growth in its 60 year history, demonstrated by earning critical acclaim, expanding its audience base season and budget, as well as recording its first ever commercial CD recordings, scheduled for commercial release next season on the Grammy Award winning Cedille Records label.

Having concluded four seasons as Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony / Utah Opera, Mr. Kulenovic has also served as assistant conductor with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Festival in Japan and Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic in his native Serbia. Mr. Kulenovic’s U.S. guest conducting engagements include the symphonies of Alabama, Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Houston, Illinois, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, San Francisco, South Bend, Utah, Winston-Salem, in addition to the philharmonic orchestras of Naples and Oklahoma City, and the Louisville Orchestra. 

Worldwide, Mr. Kulenovic has appeared with the Basque National Orchestra of Spain, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Bilkent Symphony, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Leipziger Symphonie Orchester, 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, and the Macedonian National Opera.