Conductor Karina Canellakis and pianist Lise de la Salle will join DSO for program of Schumann and Shostakovich, January 26 and 27

- de la Salle will be featured soloist on Schumann’s celebrated Piano Concerto

- January 27 concert will be webcast for free at 

Detroit, (January 17, 2019) – Conductor Karina Canellakis and pianist Lise de la Salle will appear with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for concerts featuring music by Schumann and Shostakovich. On the first half, de la Salle will be featured soloist on Schumann’s Piano Concerto; on the second, the DSO performs Shostakovich’s sobering Symphony No. 8.

“It is the quintessence of Romanticism,” de la Salle says about the Schumann. “A piece that makes us travel through all manner of life’s emotions!”

The Shostakovich is a meaningful work for Canellakis, as her “big break” in the conducting world was leading the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on the piece as a last-minute fill-in for Jaap Van Zweden in 2014.

The concerts take place Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

One hour prior to each performance, guests are invited to enjoy an informative onstage Concert Talk about the program. These lectures and discussions will be made available for later viewing on the DSO’s YouTube channel.

Watch Live around the world: the Sunday afternoon concert will be webcast for free and via Facebook Live, as part of the DSO’s groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall series. The series is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The DSO Classical Series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals, Inc.

About Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning in the 2019-2020 Season. She first made headlines in 2014 filling in for Jaap van Zweden on Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she was then serving as Assistant Conductor. Since then, she made her European debut in 2015 conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and won the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2016.

Recent highlights of Canellakis’s skyrocketing career include appearances with the Orchestre de Paris, National Orchestra of Spain, Danish National Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She has also appeared at the BBC Proms and in the opera pit with Zürich Opera, Curtis Opera Theare, and others. Next season she will conduct the prestigious Nobel Prize concert with the Stockholm Philharmonic, undertake a four-city tour of Australia, and debut with numerous top symphonies—including the London Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Canellakis has conducted the world premieres of David Lang’s opera The Loser at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera The Hogboon with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and a fully-staged production of Verdi’s Requiem at the Zürich Opera.

Canellakis began her musical career as a violinist, and was encouraged to take up conducting by Sir Simon Rattle while she played as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchester-Akademie. In addition to appearing frequently as a soloist, Canellakis played regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and served as guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic.

Born and raised in New York City, Canellakis now enjoys a busy international career and is fluent in English, French, German, and Italian. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, and counts Alan Gilbert and Fabio Luisi as major mentors.

About Lise de la Salle

Born in Cherbourg, France, Lise de la Salle began her career at a young age, performing on Radio France at age nine and winning First Prize of the Seventh International Contest of Ettlingen, Germany at 12. She earned international acclaim in 2005, at the age of 16, when Gramophoneselected the Naïve CD compilation of her Bach and Liszt recordings as Recording of the Month. Since then, she has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestra, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and others. She served as the first Artist-in-Residence of the Zürich Opera at the invitation of Fabio Luisi, who also conducted her London Symphony Orchestra debut in 2016.

de la Salle’s recordings for the Naïve label include, among others, a 2003 disc of Rachmaninoff and Ravel, a 2007 CD and DVD with music by Mozart and Prokofiev, and a 2010 all-Chopin recording with Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Fabio Luisi. In 2011, she released a Liszt recording in connection to the Liszt Bicentennial, which won the Diapason d’Or and Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice Award.

de la Salle has won numerous top piano competitions, including the Ettlingen International Competition (where she won First Prize and the Bärenreiter Award), the Vulaines Competition, and the Radio-France Competition.

At age 11, de la Salle received special permission to enter the Paris Conservatory to study with Pierre Réach. She graduated in 2001 and subsequently enrolled in the postgraduate cycle with Bruno Rigutto. Since 1997, she has worked closely with Pascal Nemirovski and studied with Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Shostakovich 8 begin at $15 and can be purchased at, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or

Performance Details

Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m.

Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Karina Canellakis, conductor

Lise de la Salle, piano

  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 54 
  Lise de la Salle, piano

  Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.