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June 6 - 9 (Seattle, WA)

Works by Fazil Say,

Prokofiev & Walton

Seattle Symphony

Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

“Kamensek is experienced in Glass’s operas, and under her the orchestra sounded right at home. There was an excellent balance of instrumental colors—and with the singers—and the playing had focus and equipoise, the kind of warmth one can feel, and it flowed and built a profoundly affecting momentum while always held with a light and certain grip.” – New York Classical Review, 2019


About Karen

Grammy Award-winning conductor Karen Kamensek’s expansive artistry coupled with her deep commitment for championing composers of the 20th and 21st century is reflected in her work in both the opera house and on the concert stage. This season, as a testament to her remarkable versatility as a musician, she makes several important debuts. From Puccini’s Tosca with London’s Royal Opera House to the world premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s Cool Cat with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Seattle Symphony and soloist Jan Lisiecki, each debut showcases her unique ability to adroitly straddle a diverse repertoire.


Ms. Kamensek’s 2023/24 season is one of no less than nine debuts and several high-profile and welcome returns. In addition to her first time leading the Royal Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Seattle Symphony she will also make debuts with the Sydney Symphony, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orquestra Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orquesta Sinfónica RTVE, and Colorado Symphony. Her return performances are the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tiroler Symphonierorchester Innsbruck.

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Upcoming Performances

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 7:30p

Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 7:30p

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Jack Singer Concert Hall (Alberta, Canada)

Antoine St-Onge, bassoon

Karen Kamensek, conductor


Program to include:

Weber: Bassoon Concerto

Walton: Symphony No. 1

Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 7:30p 

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 8p

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 2p

Seattle Symphony

Benaroya Hall (Seattle, WA)

Jan Lisiecki, piano

Karen Kamensek, conductor


Fazil Say: Grand Bazaar

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3

Walton: Symphony No. 1

Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 8p (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Tuesday, June 18 at 8pm (Haifa, Israel)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 8p (Jerusalem, Israel)

Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 8p (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 9p (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 7p (Tel Aviv Israel)

Israel Philharmonic

Gil Shaham, violinist

Karen Kamensek, conductor


Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)

Dvořák: Violin Concerto

R. Strauss: Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo

Dvořák: Slavonic Dances

Upcomig Performances

“...Karen Kamensek’s authoritative conducting of the Met orchestra...From the start of the overture, the score bathed the ear in textured sound that conveyed, in its gently shifting luminosity, something of the distance of the archaic.”

The Washington Post, 2019

"Kamensek…deservedly earning the biggest applause of the night during the final curtain.”

Opera Wire, 2019

“...conductor Karen Kamensek weaves everything into a wonderful, ever shifting tapestry of sound.”

Bachtrack, 2016

“Keeping it all under a tight rein was conductor Karen Kamensek, making a most laudable ENO debut. The orchestra clearly found her direction stimulating, as they were on top form throughout.”

Seen and Heard International, 2016

Ms. Kamensek talks with Operabiz Podcast host Daniel Welch about making her Metropolitan Opera conducting debut this season, her road to conducting, her collaboration with Philip Glass, and a largely European career. She shares her insights on Glass' music as well as a fresh perspective on life on the podium.



For booking information, please contact:

ARSIS Artist Management GmbH

in collaboration with Michael Lewin International

Mag. Gabriele Fauchet

Managing Director

+ 43 699 1075 4898

Kramergasse 9/3, 1010 Vienna, Austria


For public relations inquiries, please contact:

Raechel Alexander
RA Communications

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