Vladimir Kulenovic

« Kulenovic allowed for very spacious phrasing at the start, creating extra sonic poetry in the process, and he had the stormier portions of the work fired up nicely … the overall performance was decidedly classy. Baltimore Symphony – BALTIMORE SUN

Designated “Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music” (Chicago Tribune) and winner of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Prize, Vladimir Kulenovic has taken his place as one of the finest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. Hailed as the « conductor with an uncommon passion »  by the distinguished Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein, Mr. Kulenovic is currently the 7th Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony. During his four year tenure, the Lake Forest Symphony has seen unprecedented growth in its 60 year history, demonstrated by earning critical acclaim, expanding its audience base season and budget, as well as recording its first ever commercial CD recordings, scheduled for commercial release in late 2018 on the Grammy Award winning Cedille Records label.

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, Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Festival in Japan and Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic in his native Serbia. Mr. Kulenovic’s U.S. guest conducting engagements include the symphonies of Alabama, Chicago, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Houston, Illinois, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, San Francisco, South Bend, Utah, Winston-Salem, in addition to the philharmonic orchestras of Naples and Oklahoma City, and the Louisville Orchestra.

Worldwide, Mr. Kulenovic has appeared with the Basque National Orchestra of Spain, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Bilkent Symphony, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Leipziger Symphonie Orchester, Malaysia Philharmonic, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Orchestra Sinfonica de Espana, Orchestra Classica de Santa Cecilia, Romanian State Philharmonic, Slovenia Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, Macedonian Philharmonic, and the Macedonian National Opera.
Festival appearances include Aspen, Cabrillo, Kuhmo, Round Top, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Verbier and critically acclaimed collaborations include such celebrated artists as Leon Fleisher, Mischa Maisky, Augustin Hadelich, Joaquín Achúcarro, Barry Douglas, Philippe Quint, Joseph Silverstein, Akiko Suwanai, Jean-Frederic Neuburger and Sasha Cooke.

In 2012, Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellowship and the position of conducting assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he worked closely with his long-time mentor, the late maestro Kurt Masur. He has also served as cover conductor with the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony, and has assisted many illustrious conductors including Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Thierry Fischer, Sir Andrew Davis, Alan Gilbert, Andrey Boreyko, Marin Alsop and others.

Vladimir Kulenovic holds graduate diplomas in conducting from both The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where his teachers were Alan Gilbert, James DePreist and Gustav Meier. 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 Grants, Bruno Walter Memorial Award, the Charles Schiff Prize for Excellence at Juilliard as well as the 2nd Grand Prix at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.

He was one of six top U.S. young conductors chosen by the League of American Orchestras for the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview.


European Management in collaboration with Schmidt Artists International

Salué par la critique de Baltimore Sun pour « son admirable talent et potentiel » et par le Chicago SunTimes, pour son « style précis et élégant, qui montre toute sa passion » Vladimir Kulenovic, ce jeune et talentueux chef inspire les orchestres et le public à travers le monde.

Il est actuellement  Directeur Musical et chef principal de Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra à  Chicago.

Ses récentes collaborations incluent les orchestres internationaux  les plus prestigieux tels  que Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Minas Gerais Philharmonic/Brazil, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Leipziger Symphony, Deutsche Kammerakademie Nuess an Rhein, Illinois Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra/Taiwan, Juilliard Orchestra, Excelentia Orquesta/Espagne…

Vladimir Kulenovic a également été invité en tant que  chef associé de l’Utah Symphony et de l’Utah opéra (Etats-Unis), ou encore en tant que chef d’orchestre principal du Festival International de Musique de Kyoto (Japon). A ces débuts Vladimir Kulenovic a eu l’honneur de travailler avec Kurt Masur au Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, ainsi qu’avec Zubin Mehta à l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Belgrade.

Vladimir Kulenovic s’est également produit aux festivals d’Aspen, Cabrillo, Salzburg Mozarteum, Festival de Verbier, Festival de Kuhmo, Festival de Kempten…

Suite à ses études supérieures de musique et l’obtention de son diplôme de direction d’orchestre à la Jullliard School, Vladimir Kulenovic a été récompensé par le Prix de Charles B. Schiff pour L’Excellence dans la direction d’orchestre. Il a également reçu des diplômes de l’Institut Peabody où il a étudié avec Gustav Meier, et du Conservatoire de Boston avec félicitations du jury. Il a été récompensé par le Prix d’Alfred B. Whitney. Vladimir Kulenovic a également obtenu la bourse prestigieuse de la Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Awards.