"The Lake Forest Symphony clearly has a good thing going with Kulenovic ... the tall, charismatic conductor drew idiomatic, responsive and strikingly lustrous playing from the Lake Forest strings throughout the evening."
Lake Forest Symphony
CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW
Designated “Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music” (2015) by the distinguished Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein, and recent winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Vladimir Kulenovic, is among the finest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. Currently in his fifth season as Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony on Chicago’s North Shore, he has overseen growth unprecedented in the orchestra’s sixty-year history, earning a Grammy nomination for the its first-ever commercial CD recording, “Liquid Melancholy” (Cedille Records/2018). 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, Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic in Serbia, and Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Festival in Japan.
Highlights of Mr. Kulenovic’s 2018/2019 season include engagements with the Omaha, Stamford, Arkansas, and Winston-Salem symphonies, the Savannah Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, and a return to the Round Top Festival in Texas. Other recent U.S. guest conducting engagements include the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Utah, Alabama, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Illinois, Knoxville, and South Bend, as well as the Louisville Orchestra and the philharmonic orchestras of Naples (Florida) and Oklahoma City, and the Aspen and Cabrillo music festivals.
Worldwide, Vladimir Kulenovic has conducted ensembles including the Basque National Orchestra/Spain, Leipziger Symphonie Orchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de España, Zagreb Philharmonic, Macedonian Philharmonic, Malaysia Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Minas Gerais Philharmonic/Brazil, National Arts Centre Orchestra/Ottawa, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco/Mexico, and the renowned festivals in Kuhmo/Finland, Salzubrg, and Verbier. He has also collaborated with such celebrated soloists as Leon Fleisher, Augustin Hadelich, Mischa Maisky, Joaquín Achúcarro, Barry Douglas, Stefan Milenkovich, Philippe Quint, Joseph Silverstein, Akiko Suwanai, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, William Burden, and Sasha Cooke.
Mr. Kulenovic’s growing discography includes “Sisters in Song” (Cedille Records/2018), “Dreams of a Sleeping World” (T?r? Records/2019), and the 2019 release of Beethoven and Bruch Concertos with violinist Stefan Milenkovich and Slovenia RTV Symphony.
In 2012, Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship and the position of conducting assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he worked closely with his long-time mentor, the late Kurt Masur. He has also served as a cover conductor with the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony, where he has assisted many illustrious conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, Sir Andrew Davis, and Marin Alsop.
Vladimir Kulenovic holds graduate diplomas in conducting from both The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute and was one of six top young conductors chosen by the League of American Orchestras for the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview.