Anna Rakitina – young Russian conductor, second-prize winner of the Malko competition in Copenhagen (2018), third-prize winner of the “Deutscher Dirigentenpreis” competition in Cologne (2017) and third-prize winner of the TCO International Conducting Competition in Taipei (Taiwan, 2015).
Anna Rakitina has been appointed assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Andris Nelsons beginning with the 2019-20 season for a two-year term and will become only the second woman assistant conductor in the Boston Symphony’s history.
In addition to her upcoming responsibilities in Boston, Anna Rakitina is a newly named 2019-20 Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Under the supervision of the orchestra’s Music and Artistic Director, Gustavo Dudamel, she will conduct Los Angeles Philharmonic youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and develop her craft through involvement in the LA Phil’s orchestral, education and community programs such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).
In the 2019-20 season Anna Rakitina will make her debut with the Orchestre National d’Île de France, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, the Sinfonieorchester Biel Solothurn in Switzerland and the Jenaer Philharmonie in Germany amongst others.