Erina Yashima, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice, has been appointed as assistant conductor to the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The appointment, announced April 3, is effective in September. Now finishing her third year in the Solti post, Yashima will be joined at Philadelphia by Lina Gonzalez-Granados, who was named as the orchestra’s conducting fellow. Yashima will serve as cover conductor for and provide assistance to Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and guest conductors on artistic matters. She also will participate in residency, touring and educational activities. Gonzalez-Granados will assist Nézet-Séguin and guest conductors on special projects as well as select community programs. Yashima and Gonzalez-Granados were selected from a pool of nearly 600 applicants.
“It’s so exciting to welcome two tremendous conductors to our orchestra family as we embark on one of our most ground-breaking seasons to date,” said Nézet-Séguin, in a statement. “Both Erina and Lina have shown that they will bring their distinct flair and artistry to the podium, and I could not be more pleased with our decision to bring them on board.”
In Chicago, Yashima assists Music Director Riccardo Muti and conducts the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CSO’s training orchestra. She has worked with CSO musicians, as well as with guest artists and conductors such as Yo-Yo Ma, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, Emmanuel Krivine, Edward Gardner and Bramwell Tovey.
Born in Germany, Yashima was one of the three finalists of the 2018 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. She worked as assistant conductor to Zubin Mehta and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra during their Asia tour in November 2018 and as cover conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2017. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2017 with Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor in a children’s production. She has conducted several operas with the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, founded by Muti, and has served as répétiteur with conducting duties at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in 2015.
Yashima holds a diploma in piano performance and studied conducting in Freiburg and Vienna. She completed her studies at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin under Christian Ehwald and Hans-Dieter Baum.
A native of Colombia, Gonzalez-Granados also has a CSO connection. At the Ravinia Festival, the CSO’s summer home, she has served as assistant conductor. Currently she is the 2017-19 Taki Concordia Fellow, a position created by conductor Marin Alsop to support female conductors. Along with her Philadelphia post, she will be conducting fellow of the Seattle Symphony. She has been the assistant conductor Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas; she also has worked as cover conductor of the London Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony. Gonzalez-Granados earned her master’s degree in conducting and a graduate diploma in choral conducting from New England Conservatory and is pursuing her doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at Boston University.
TOP: Erina Yashima leads the Civic Orchestra Dvořák’s Silent Woods in a concert last season. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2018