“Russian-born conductor Anna Rakitina will join the Boston Symphony Orchestra as its new assistant conductor for a two-year term, beginning with the 2019-20 season,” writes Zoë Madonna in Monday’s (5/13) Boston Globe. “Rakitina will become only the second woman in BSO history to assume this post. The conductor won second prize in the prestigious 2018 Malko Competition in Copenhagen, and she has conducted various orchestras in Europe and Asia including Cologne’s WDR Sinfonieorchester, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. ‘I feel very lucky to become part of such a wonderful musical ensemble,’ said Rakitina in a statement provided by the BSO. ‘I am honored and look forward to begin work with the fabulous Maestro Andris Nelsons and all the amazing musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.’ Speaking over Skype from Moscow, where she currently lives, Rakitina revealed that she had never been to the United States before traveling to Boston for the BSO audition, which took place on April 29—her 30th birthday.”

Posted May 15, 2019

In photo: Conductor Anna Rakitina at the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition, 2018.