ERINA YASHIMA has been appointed First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin from the 2022–23 season and is currently Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recent highlights include her debut at the Arena di Verona and a return to the Chicago Symphony, as well as debuts with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Rostov State Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, and a new production of Don Giovanni at the Teatro di Pisa. She made her SF Symphony debut in 2020.

Recent and upcoming performances include debuts with the Seoul Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Albany Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Niederrheinische Symphony, among others. On the opera platform, Ms. Yashima conducts a new production of Così fan tutte in her debut with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and leads a production of Rusalka at the Theater Krefeld und Mönchengladbach.

As winner of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship, Ms. Yashima assisted Ricardo Muti and worked closely with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and assisted conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, and Edward Gardner. She began her musical studies at the Institute for the Early Advancement of the Musically Highly Gifted in her hometown of Hannover and had her first conducting lessons at age fourteen. After studying conducting in Freiburg and Vienna, she completed her studies at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin.

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