Vladimir Kulenovic

Designated “Chicagoan of the Year (2015) in Classical Music” by the Chicago Tribune , and winner of the prestigious 2015 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Vladimir Kulenovic has served as Music Director of Chicago’s Lake Forest Symphony since 2014.  He recently concluded four seasons as Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, served as assistant conductor with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and held posts as the Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic in Serbia, as well as the Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Music Festival in Japan. Mr. Kulenovic’s U.S. guest conducting engagements include the symphonies of Alabama, Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Utah and San Francisco.  His most recent professional highlights include debuts with the Illinois Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and South Bend Symphony.

Worldwide, Mr. Kulenovic has appeared with Beethoven-Orchester/Bonn; Bilkent Symphony/Ankara, Turkey; Deutsche Kammerakademie/Neuss am Rhein; Leipziger Symphonie Orchester; Malaysia Philharmonic; National Arts Centre Orchestra/Ottawa, Canada; Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco/Mexico; Slovenia Philharmonic; Taipei Symphony; Zagreb Philharmonic; Macedonian Philharmonic; and the Macedonian National Opera.  . Festival appearances include Aspen, Cabrillo, Finland’s Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Round Top/Texas, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Verbier, and critically acclaimed collaborations with such celebrated soloists as Leon Fleisher, Augustin Hadelich, Mischa Maisky, Joaquín Achúcarro, Barry Douglas, Philippe Quint, Joseph Silverstein, Akiko Suwanai, Stefan Milenkovich, William Burden and Sasha Cooke.  

In 2012, Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship and the position of conducting assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, which enabled him to work closely with the late Kurt Masur.  He has also assisted Bernard Haitink with the Boston Symphony, prepared orchestras for Zubin Mehta, and served as cover conductor with the Baltimore Symphony, Baltimore Opera, and Florentine Opera/Milwaukee. Mr. Kulenovic holds graduate diplomas in conducting from both The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a master’s degree in conducting from the Boston Conservatory, where he graduated summa cum laude. Among his numerous awards are the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award and the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize for Excellence.  He was one of six top young conductors chosen by the League of American Orchestras for the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview.

For more about Mr. Kulenovic, please visit: http://vladimirkulenovic.com/biography/.