Vladimir Kulenovic Biography

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Hailed by the Baltimore Sun for his “admirable talent and potential”, and the Chicago Sun Times for his “confident, precise and elegant style that gives way to passion”, Vladimir Kulenovic continues to inspire orchestras and audiences worldwide as one of the most illustrious emerging conductors of today. 

Recently appointed Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony, Maestro Kulenovic also serves as Associate Conductor of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and the Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Serbia, Vladimir Kulenovic formerly served as the Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Music Festival in Japan and remains in high demand as a guest conductor of leading orchestras in the U.S. Europe in Asia. 

Upcoming engagements in the U.S. include debuts with Chicago Symphony, Houston Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Lubbock Symphony and the return to Jacksonville Symphony, where Mr. Kulenovic was a featured conductor in the biannual League of American Orchestras Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview in March of 2013. In Asia, Mr. Kulenovic will debut with the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra and return to the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, following critically acclaimed performances there for the past two seasons. Highlights of European engagements include three concerts with the Belgrade Philharmonic, two with the Macedonian Philharmonic and a production of Aida with the Macedonian National Opera.

Recent engagements include performances with the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn at the Beethovenhalle, Deutsche Kammerakademie/Neuss am Rhein, Slovenian Philaharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Evergreen Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Festival appearances include Aspen, Cabrillo, Salzburg Mozarteum and Verbier. As conducting fellow at the Verbier Festival in 2009, Mr. Kulenovic conducted two internationally televised performances and was subsequently invited to serve as the conducting assistant to Kurt Masur at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He also had the honor of preparing the Belgrade Philharmonic at the Dubrovnik Festival for Zubin Mehta. In the past seasons, he has collaborated with celebrated soloists such as Leon Fleisher, Augustin Hadelich, Mischa Maisky, Akiko Suwanai, Philippe Quint, Joseph Silverstein and Ralph Votapek, and will perform with Emmanuel Pahud, José Feghali, Elena Bashkirova and Torleif Thedéen in 2014/15. 

In addition to studying with Kurt Masur from 2008-2012, Vladimir Kulenovic is an alumnus of the Juilliard School and was awarded the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize for Excellence upon the completion of his post-graduate studies with James DePreist and Alan Gilbert. He also earned graduate degrees from the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Gustav Meier, and the Boston Conservatory where he graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian and was awarded Alfred B. Whitney Award for the highest scholastic achievement. He is also a proud winner of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, 2012 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellowship, as well as the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Sir Georg Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Awards.

As a pianist, Vladimir Kulenovic has been a Second Prize winner of the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.