The 31-year-old pianist and conductor from Spain, based in Berlin is currently the Assistant Conductor alongside Lawrence Foster at the Opéra de Marseille.

Néstor has been tutor in Conducting and Korrepetition at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and resident conductor of the Utrecht Conservatory Orchestra in Holland. He also worked as assistant conductor of the Youth Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain.

Bayona studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Helen Krizos, where he was awarded the Gold Medal, and in Geneva with Nelson Goerner. He later studied conducting at the Haute École de Musique de Genève with Laurent Gay and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis.

In Berlin, Néstor assisted two operas by Aribert Reimann, Melusine and Medea, which was permiered at the Komische Oper. He has worked with the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester, the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.

Néstor shows a great interest for contemporary music and therefore has performed with the Voix Nouvelles Ensemble in Royaumont and the Ensemble Modern Akademie during the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari. He has also worked closely with Peter Eötvös and Susanna Mälkki.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Bayona has performed at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Philharmonie in Berlin and Luxembourg and the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London.

Last updated: September 2018