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German-born conductor Erina Yashima is Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where she assists Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and guest conductors, and leads the orchestra in educa- tional and special concerts.
As a pre-college piano student of Bernd Goetzke, Ms. Yashima began her musical studies at the Institute for the Early Advancement of the
Musically Highly Gifted in her hometown of Hannover, Germany where she received her first conducting lessons at age fourteen. After studying conducting with Scott Sandmeier and Mark Stringer, she completed her studies at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler School of Music under the guidance of Christian Ehwald and Hans-Dieter Baum.
Winner of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship, Ms. Yashima has studied and collabo- rated with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti. She has also worked with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Krivine, Edward Gardner, and Bramwell Tovey.
In the 2019–20 season, Ms. Yashima conducts family concerts for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, leads new productions of Handel’s Rinaldo at the Glimmerglass Festival and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Teatro di Pisa in Italy with Orchestra Arché, and makes her Russian debut leading the Rostov Symphony Orchestra. This performance marks her San Francisco Symphony debut.
Recent highlights include appearances with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Transylvania State Philharmonic, and the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt (Oder) at the Festival Choriner Musiksommer. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2017 conducting Mozart’s The Impresario and she led Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Italy in 2019.
A finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, Ms. Yashima performed with the Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festival in 2018. She worked as assistant conductor to Zubin Mehta and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra during their Asia Tour, and she has also performed with Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Württemberg Philharmonic of Reutlingen, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, and with members of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in various education and chamber music series.