The 33-year-old pianist and conductor from Spain and based in Berlin was at the Opéra de Marseille during the 2018/19 season, assisting conductor Lawrence Foster. He made his debut with the orchestra jumping in on short notice during a live broadcast concert for Radio France at the Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival.
During his season in Marseille, he assisted all the Opéra de Marseille productions and created his own musical programme for children, performing the music of Beethoven and excerpts of modern music in the style of Beethoven at schools across the region.
During the 2019/20 season, Bayona will be working as an assistant conductor with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and at the Liceu Opera Barcelona, assisting Henrik Nánási. In addition, he will perform with the Bochumer Symphoniker and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra.
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 Gèneve with Nelson Goerner. He later moved to Berlin and studied conducting at the Universität der Künste with Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis.
He has also worked closely with Daniele Gatti, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Neeme Järvi, Paolo Arrivabeni, Peter Eötvös and Susanna Mälkki.
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 Luxembourg, the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London.
Last updated: September 2019