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Néstor Bayona is a Spanish pianist and conductor based in Berlin. He is the Associate Conductor at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra NOSPR in Katowice, where he made his debut last October conducting a subscription concert with the music of Enescu, Respighi and Stravinsky. Previously, he served as assistant conductor to Lawrence Foster at the Opéra de Marseille, where he will be returning next season.
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Previous engagements

During the season 2019/20 Néstor conducted a New Year’s Concert with the Filarmonica de Stat Transilvania, with whom he worked for the CD recording for Pentatone of Fanciulla del West and the soloists Melody Moore and Lester Lynch, which has been released in February 2021. In addition, he conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille at the Grand Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence performing Falla, Enescu and Mozart with David Fray and the Bochumer Symphoniker with a program of Sibelius and Prokofiev. He made his official debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille during a live broadcast concert for France Musique at the Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron 2019 with the pianist David Kadouch and a programme of Bernstein and Gershwin.

Future engagements

This season 2021/22 Néstor Bayona will be the cover conductor of Lawrence Foster at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest for the concert version of Alban Berg's opera Lulu together with the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca. In addition, he will be conducting a subscription concert with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and symphonic concerts together with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille.

Opera Houses and Conductors

During the season 2019/20 Néstor was the assistant conductor of Henrik Nánási for the production of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he worked closely with the singers Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak. In previous seasons, Néstor Bayona worked at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Frankfurter Oper as well as the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester and the Orquesta de Extremadura. He has also worked closely with the conductors Marin Alsop, Lionel Bringuier, Peter Eötvös, Daniele Gatti, Domingo Hindoyan, Neeme Järvi, Susanna Mälkki and Ingo Metzmacher and Pinchas Steinberg.

Piano and Studies

Néstor Bayona began his studies as a pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Helen Krizos and later the Haute École de Musique de Genève with Nelson Goerner (piano) and Laurent Gay (conducting). His final studies consisted in conducting at the Universität der Künste with Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Néstor Bayona has performed several times at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room in London and the Philharmonie in Berlin with soloist from the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Néstor Bayona is 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.