A Philly conductor is hired in Berlin

A Philly conductor is hired in Berlin


norman lebrecht

January 04, 2022

In addition to James Gaffigan’s appointment as music director, the Komische Oper has hired a new Kapellmeister. She is Erina Yashima, presently Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Erina, who is German born, will start in September, a year ahead of Gaffigan, to provide continuity with the outgoing chief Ainārs Rubiķis. ‘It closes the gap and ensures a good transition until the new GMD takes office,’ said Berlin’s Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer. Erina says: ‘I am thrilled to announce that I will become the First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin from the 2022/23 season!’


  • Hans-Dieter Glaubke says:

    For those concerned about the overly political correctness: Kapellmeisterin.

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  • RW2013 says:

    It is imperative at the KO that no-one be more famous than Barrieness K.

  • EagleArts says:

    From the videos on her website it appears that she really assaults the music, violently! Why?

    • Achim Mentzel says:

      If you talk about the choreography of Mahler 6 apparently learned in front of her mirror, indeed, it is tragic.

  • A Dolfadam says:

    The minute she gives a downbeat like that, the orchestra will stop paying attention.