The Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed Russian-born Anna Rakitina as the orchestra’s new assistant conductor beginning with the 2019–20 season for a two-year term. She will join the Boston Symphony Orchestra for her first podium appearance as assistant conductor during the 2020 Tanglewood season, followed by subscription concerts at Symphony Hall during the 2020–21 season. She succeeds Associate Conductor Ken-David Masur who leaves the BSO to assume his new position as music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, effective this fall.

Rakitina will become only the second woman assistant conductor in the Boston Symphony’s history. From 2007 through 2010, the position was held by South Korean conductor Shiyeon Sung, the current artistic director and chief conductor of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra since January 2014.

“I feel very lucky to become part of such a wonderful musical ensemble," said Rakitina. “I am honored and look forward to begin work with the fabulous Maestro Andris Nelsons and all the amazing musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra."

In addition to her upcoming responsibilities with the BSO, Rakitina will be a 2019–20 Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (soon to be officially announced). Under the supervision of the orchestra’s music director, Gustavo Dudamel, she will conduct Los Angeles Philharmonic youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and develop her craft though involvement in the LA Phil’s orchestral, educational, and community programs such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).


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