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Historic Environment Scotland are delighted to welcome the internationally acclaimed Scottish Chamber Orchestra back to Stirling Castle. SCO leader Stephanie Gonley provides a huge sense of energy and captures the sense of drama as soloist in Mendelssohn’s much-loved Violin Concerto. Beethoven’s Fourth is considered the shy one in his family of symphonies, but it is still palpably the work of a giant, with its taut muscular strength and unstoppable momentum. The rising young American conductor Karina Canellakis opens her concert with the intimate invention of Stravinsky’s zesty, Bach-inspired ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ Concerto.
Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Karina Canellakis is internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command and interpretive depth. She made her European conducting debut in 2015 with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, returning the following June to conduct Concentus Musicus Wien in four symphonies of a Beethoven Cycle. She first made headlines in 2014 filling in at the last-minute for Jaap van Zweden in Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Assistant Conductor for two seasons.
Stephanie Gonley has a wide-ranging career as concerto soloist, soloist/director of chamber orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the UK.