"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."
Designated “Chicagoan of the Year (2015) in Classical Music” by the distinguished Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein, Vladimir Kulenovic is currently in his fourth season as Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony on Chicago's North Shore. Recent winner of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, one of the most prestigious conducting honors in the United States, he has taken his place as one of the finest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. 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, as Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic in Serbia, and as Principal Conductor of the Kyoto International Festival in Japan.
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, and Utah, as well as the Louisville Orchestra and the philharmonic orchestras of Naples (Florida) and Oklahoma City. During the 2018/2019 season, he will return to the Round Top Festival and appear with the Winston-Salem Symphony.
Worldwide, Vladimir Kulenovic has conducted the Basque National Orchestra/Spain, Beethoven-Orchester/Bonn, Bilkent Symphony/Turkey, Deutsche Kammerakademie/Neuss am Rhein, Leipziger Symphonie Orchester, Malaysia Philharmonic, Minas Gerais Philharmonic/Brazil, National Arts Centre Orchestra/Ottawa, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco/Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica de España, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia, Romanian State Philharmonic, Slovenia Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, Macedonian Philharmonic, and the Macedonian National Opera.
Festival appearances include Aspen, Cabrillo, Finland’s Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Round Top/Texas, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Verbier. He has also collaborated with such celebrated soloists as Leon Fleisher, Augustin Hadelich, Mischa Maisky, Joaquín Achúcarro, Stefan Milenkovich, Philippe Quint, Joseph Silverstein, Akiko Suwanai, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, William Burden, and Sasha Cooke.
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 for the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony, where he has assisted many illustrious conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Zuben 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.