Néstor Bayona is a Spanish pianist and conductor based in Berlin. He has been the Associate Conductor at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice since the season of 2019/20, where he will conduct 5 concerts for the season of 2020/21. In October 2020, he will be assisting Steven Sloane for the Malmö Opera production of Falstaff.
In the season of 2019/20, Néstor assisted the production of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci in his home country at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he worked closely with the singers Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak.
He served as assistant conductor to Lawrence Forster at the Opéra de Marseille during the 2018/19 season, where he worked with the singers Nicole Car, Étienne Dupuis, Enea Scala and the conductors Paolo Arrivabeni and Roberto Rizzi Brignoli. He made his official debut with the orchestra during a live broadcast concert for Radio France at the Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron 2019.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season included a New Year Concert with the Filarmonica de Stat Transilvania, where Néstor conducted Strauss after working with them for the CD recording for Pentatone of Fanciulla del West with Melody Moore and Lester Lynch. In addition, he conducted the Bochumer Symphoniker (Sibelius and Prokofiev), the Deutsche Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie at the Philharmonie in Berlin (Mussorgsky/Ravel) and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille (Falla, Enescu and Mozart) performing at the Grand Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence with David Fray. During the season of 2018/19, Bayona worked with the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, assisting Steven Sloane with Aribert Reimann´s opera of Medea sang by Nicole Chevalier. The Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, the Orquesta de Extremadura and the Brandenburger Symphoniker are further orchestras Nestor has enjoyed collaborating with.
Néstor 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). He ended up in Berlin, where he studied conducting at the Universität der Künste with Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Bayona has performed several times at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London.
Néstor 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.
For more on his experiences as a conductor, see press here.