Anna Rakitina has been the BSO’s Assistant Conductor since September, 2019. Recent second-prize winner at the Malko Conducting Competition in Denmark, Anna Rakitina has degrees from the Moscow Conservatory in both musicology and conducting, with a graduate diploma in conducting from the Hochschule Hamburg, received in 2018. She won third prize in both the Taipei and Deutscher Dirigentenpreis (Cologne) competitions, and participated in a 2016 master class with Alan Gilbert in Lucerne and a 2017 master class with Bernard Haitink. Since 2015 she has conducted a number of orchestras, including the WDR Sinfonieorchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lucerne Festival Strings, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, Meiningen Court Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Das Kritische Orchester, Concert Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Orchestra, among others. Ms. Rakitina is also a current Dudamel Fellow at the L.A. Philharmonic.