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Designated “Chicagoan of the Year (2015) in Classical Music” by the distinguished Chicago Tribune Critic John von Rhein, Vladimir Kulenovic began 2016 on a high note. Named the 2015 Solti Conducting Fellow, one of the most prestigious conducting honors in the United States, he has just signed a four-year renewal contract as Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony on Chicago’s North Shore. Having concluded four seasons as Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, where he conducted an average of one hundred performances annually, Mr. Kulenovic also served as assistant conductor with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Previously he held posts as the Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic in Serbia, and the Principal Conductor of the Kyoto Internaitonal 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, and San Francisco. Highlights of the 2016/2017 season include debuts with the Illinois Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the South Bend Symphony.

Worldwide, Vladimir Kulenovic has appeared with the Beethoven-Orchester/Bonn, Bilkent Symphony/Turkey, Deutsche Kammerakademie/Neuss am Rhein, Leipziger Symphonie Orchester, Malaysia Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra/Ottawa, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco/Mexico, Slovenia Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, Macedonian Philharmonic, and the Macedonian National Opera. This season, Mr. Kulenovic will debut with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic (Brasil), and Orchestra de Santa Cecilia (Spain).

Festival appearances include Aspen, Cabrillo, Finland’s Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Round Top/Texas, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Verbier, and critically acclaimed collab- orations with such celebrated soloists as Leon Fleisher, Augustin Hadelich, Mischa Maisky, Joaquín Achúcarro, Philippe Quint, Joseph Silverstein, Akiko Suwanai, and Sasha Cook, among others.

In 2012, Vladimir Kulenovic was awarded the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholar- ship 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 Conservatory. His teachers include James DePreist, Marin Alsop, 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 honors are the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards 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.

Gershwin's Greatest - Pops Concert

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL

Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, Springfield, IL

Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor
Ian Parker, Piano

Gershwin Promenade (Walking the Dog) - Gershwin I Got Rhythm Variations - Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin Porgy & Bess: Symphonic Picture - Gershwin An American in Paris

P A S T  C O N C E R T

Opening Night!

Friday, October 14, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL

Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, Springfield, IL

Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor
Joyce Yang, Piano

Shostakovich October: Symphonic Poem for Orchestra - Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 - Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances


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