“The Philadelphia Orchestra has added two new conductors to its roster. Erina Yashima has been appointed the orchestra’s assistant conductor, and Lina Gonzalez-Granados conducting fellow,” writes Peter Dobrin in Wednesday’s (4/3) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Both are 32 years old, both trained as pianists as well as conductors, and both take up their posts in September…. Yashima will succeed Kensho Watanabe, whose term ends with the 2018-19 season…. Yashima … was born, raised, and schooled in Germany and has spent the last three seasons as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice. She expects to be in Philadelphia 30 weeks next season…. Gonzalez-Granados is based in Boston, and earned a master’s degree in conducting and a graduate diploma in choral conducting from New England Conservatory. She has served as assistant conductor for the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, and as cover conductor for the London Philharmonic and Nashville Symphony. Her Philadelphia Orchestra commitment will bring her to town 10 weeks next season while she simultaneously serves as a conducting fellow with the Seattle Symphony. Born in Cali, Colombia, she is an advocate for Latin American composers and is the founder of the Boston chamber orchestra Unitas Ensemble.”

Posted April 4, 2019