Néstor Bayona is a Spanish conductor based in Berlin. He served as Assistant Conductor at the Opéra de Marseille and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra NOSPR in Katowice during the seasons 2018 to 2022. In December 2021, he was awarded the Associate Member of the Royal Northern College Music in Manchester, presided by Sir John Tomlinson.
This current season 2021/22 Néstor Bayona has returned to conduct NOSPR in Katowice with Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony and Prokofiev’s fifth piano concerto with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. He made his debut at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, which was broadcast on Spanish national TV. In January 2022, he conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille for the New Year’s Concert and the Filarmonica de Stat Transilvania in Cluj with a Spanish programme, including the Aranjuez concerto, Falla’s Sombrero de Tres Picos and his own orchestration of songs by Mompou and Montsalvatge. He returned in April to conduct the orchestra during the Festival Cluj Modern with the awarded composition of the Enescu Competition by Alexandru Murariu and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. In addition, he performed and assisted Lawrence Foster for the concert version of Berg’s Lulu at the Enescu Festival 2021.
Néstor Bayona made his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille during the Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron 2019 and the soloist David Kadouch, which was broadcasted live on France Musique and at the Grand Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence with David Fray. He has conducted the Bochumer Symphoniker, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta de Castilla y León and made his debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin with the youth orchestra Deutsche Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie. In addition, he has assisted at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Komische Oper, Frankfurter Oper and for the Pentatone recording of Fanciulla del West.
Nestor Bayona has worked with the conductors Marin Alsop, Lionel Bringuier, Peter Eötvös, Domingo Hindoyan, Henrik Nánási, Neeme Järvi, Susanna Mälkki, Ingo Metzmacher and Pinchas Steinberg.
Néstor Bayona studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Helen Krizos where he was awarded the Gold Medal. He then went onto the Haute École de Musique de Genève where he studied piano with Nelson Goerner and a Master in Conducting with Laurent Gay, before moving to Berlin to pursue a postgraduate diploma in Conducting with Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis at the Universität der Künste.
Néstor Bayona was an emerging conductor of the Ulysses Network and has received the Ciutat de Lleida (city of Lleida) International Award 2015 for his cultural contribution to his hometown.