The 31-year-old pianist and conductor from Spain, based in Berlin, represents the Ulysses network as an emerging conductor and has received the International Award Ciutat de Lleida 2015 to the cultural merit.
Since October 2016 Néstor Bayona has been tutor in Conducting and Korrepetition at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and resident conductor of the Utrecht Conservatory Orchestra in Holland. During the last two seasons, he worked as the 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 later in Geneva with Nelson Goerner. After studying conducting at the Haute École de Musique de Genève with Laurent Gay, Bayona assisted Ingo Metzmacher for the production of Götterdämmerung at the Grand Théâtre de Genève Saison 13/14.
In Berlin, Bayona was invited to the Advanced Professional Training for Conductors programme at the Universität der Künste under the guidance of Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis. During this time, he assisted Errico Fresis for Frank Hilbrich’s production of the opera Melusine by Aribert Reimann and was the co-conductor of the programme at the Philharmonie in Berlin with the UdK Symphony Orchestra.
During this season, Néstor Bayona has been the assistant conductor to Steven Sloane for the much acclaimed production by Benedict Andrews of Reimann’s Medea at the Komische Oper. He has also worked with orchestras like the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester, the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and opera houses like the Theater Magdeburg and Staatstheater Cottbus.
In the field of contemporary music, Bayona has conducted the Voix Nouvelles Ensemble in Royaumont last summer 2016 and the International Ensemble Modern Akademie during the Time of Music Festival 2017 in Viitasaari, working 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 summer Néstor Bayona was a student of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena under the guidance of Daniele Gatti.
Last updated: September 2017