The Philadelphia Orchestra has this week announced the appointment of 32-year-old German-born Japanese conductor Erina Yashima as its new Assistant Conductor - effective from September 2019.
Erina, who has worked as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice for the past 3 seasons, will serve as cover conductor and provide assistance to Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the ensemble's guest conductors.
She will succeed conductor Kensho Wantaabe in the role.
The orchestra has also announced Colombian-born conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados as the orchestra's new Conducting Fellow.
“It’s so exciting to welcome two tremendous conductors to our Orchestra family as we embark on one of our most groundbreaking seasons to date ... ” Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has said.
“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,” he has said.
The orchestra has indicated they received over 600 applicants for the two positions.