German native Erina Yashima has been named as the third Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

She was unanimously chosen from a group of four finalists by a jury headed by Riccardo Muti, CSO music director. For her two-year apprenticeship, Yashima will spend at least 10 weeks annually studying with and assisting Muti during his Chicago residencies. The apprenticeship, which begins in February and runs through January 2018, also consists of working with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CSO’s training orchestra, in rehearsals and concert performances.

From 2013 to 2015, she was the music director of the Freies Studentenorchester Rostock in the northeast German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and was recently appointed répétiteur with conducting duties of the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in the southwest German state of Rheinland-Pfalz.

The apprenticeship program is named for Solti, the CSO’s music director from 1969 to 1991, and honors his commitment to working with young musicians. Established in 2009, the apprenticeship is a program of the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute. Previous winners of Solti apprenticeship honors were Matthew Aucoin and Sean Kubota.

PHOTO: Erina Yashima, winner of the 2015 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Competition, leads members of the Civic Orchestra. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015