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Lauded conductor Erina Yashima to conduct World Youth Symphony Orchestra on July 16

Yashima is First Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin and has performed with orchestras all over the world.

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Photo credit: Todd Rosen Photography

On Sunday, July 16, Erina Yashima will conduct the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) as they perform Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor—the first symphony by a Black woman ever to be performed by a major American orchestra—and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Rock, Op. 7, a symphonic poem which epitomizes late Romanticism in Russian classical music.

Born in Germany, Yashima is the First Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin. She has performed all over the world, debuting with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker and more.

Yashima is a winner of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship. She has worked with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, and Edward Gardner. As one of the three finalists of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, Yashima performed with the Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festival 2018.

Erina Yashima will conduct the World Youth Symphony Orchestra Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are available for purchase. The concert will also be available as a webcast.