Erina Yashima appointed First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin

Erina Yashima © Todd Rosenberg

The German-Japanese conductor and Eisler graduate Erina Yashima has been appointed First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin from the 2022/23 season. Erina Yashima studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin in the class of Prof. Hans-Dieter Baum and Prof. Christian Ehwald and passed her Konzerexamen in 2017. Currently, she is the Assistant Conductor with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and its Artistic Director Yannick Nezet-Séguin. Before that she had assisted for three seasons with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Riccardo Muti as a scholarship holder of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship. This season she makes her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchester Métropolitain de Montréal, Albany Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker. She will conduct a new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in her debut with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and will lead a production of Rusalka at the Theater Krefeld und Mönchengladbach.

Her predecessors as First Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin include Vladimir Jurowski and Kristiina Poska, who both studied at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.