German-born conductor Erina Yashima has been recently appointed répétiteur with conducting duties of the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern. Previously, she was the music director of the Freies Studentenorchester Rostock (2013-2015). In 2013 she was given the Award of outstanding excellence by the Musikakademie Rheinsberg for the opera production she conducted there in 2013. Her guest conducting experiences include a collaboration with El Sistema in Venezuela, where she conducted two youth orchestras (May 2015).
Yashima was active participant of Riccardo Muti’s Italian Opera Academy at the Ravenna Festival and of masterclasses given by Bernard Haitink (Lucerne Festival) and Gianluigi Gelmetti (Accademia Musicale Chigiana). In 2015 she was selected as one of the top three finalists at the workshop INTERAKTION des Kritischen Orchesters by members of professional orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle Berlin.
As pre-college piano student of Bernd Goetzke Ms. Yashima started her musical studies at the Institute for the Early Advancement of the Musically Highly Gifted (IFF) in Hannover where she got her first conducting lessons at the age of 14. After studying conducting in Freiburg with Scott Sandmeier and in Vienna with Mark Stringer, she is completing her studies in conducting at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin under the guidance of Christian Ehwald and Hans-Dieter Baum.
The orchestras that Yashima conducted include the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder), Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo and New Music ensembles of the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.