The Lake Forest Symphony in north suburban Lake Forest on Monday named Vladimir Kulenovic as its new conductor, effective with the start of the 2014-15 season in September.
Kulenovic, 34, presently serves as associate conductor of the Utah Symphony and resident conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic in his native Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family at age 12, pursuing his musical education at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute and Juilliard School of Music. He won Sir Georg Solti Career Grants in 2012 and 2013.
His appointment is the result of a yearlong search in which the orchestra’s 10-member search committee evaluated five candidates as each led a concert with the orchestra during the 2013-14 season. Kulenovic was the unanimous choice of the committee of board members, orchestra musicians and arts community leaders. He is scheduled to conduct four of the five programs the Lake Forest Symphony will present next season, including the opening concerts Sept. 6-7 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.
Kulenovic succeeds Alan Heatherington, who stepped down as music director in May 2013.