Verbier Festival
Anna Rakitina

Anna Rakitina – promising young conductor from Moscow, second-prize winner of the Malko competition in Copenhagen (2018), third-prize winner of the “Deutscher Dirigentenpreis” competition in Cologne (2017) and third-prize winner of the TCO International Conducting Competition in Taipei (Taiwan, 2015).

Anna was born in Moscow. She began her career as violin player, has studied conducting at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in class of associate professor Stanislav Diachenko (assistant of Prof. Gennadiy Rozhdestvensky). From 2016 to 2018 she studied conducting in Hamburg Hochschule fur Musik und Theatre (Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr).

In 2016 as a participant of Lucerne Academy she took part in the master-class by Alan Gilbert. The year later, 2017, she was Bernard Haitink’s apprentice in his master-class at Lucerne. Also she participated in master-classes by Gennadiy Rozhdestvensky and Vladimir Jurowski. In 2016 she participated in masterclass by Johannes Schlaefli in Meiningen. In June 2018 she became a finalist of Workshop with Critical Orchestra in Berlin.

During her studies Anna conducted the following stage performances: “Eugene Onegin” and “Iolanta” by Tchaikovsky, “Aleko” by Rachmaninov, “The Rape of Lucretia” by Britten and others. Also Anna wrote PhD thesis work about Rachmaninov.

She was a guest conductor in Taiwan National Orchestra in 2017, in 2018 – in Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. In addition she became a fellow in The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia.

Anna’s main achievement is the creation of the chamber orchestra “Affrettando” in conjunction with another conductor Sergei Akimov. The orchestra became already famous in Moscow as a group of highly professional musicians, which always performs interesting programs.

Anna conducted such orchestras as: Kölner Philharmonie WDR Sinfonieorchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Lucerne Festival Strings, Gürzenich- Orchester Köln, Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival academy orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker, Meiningen Court Orchestra, The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Das Kritische Orchester, Berlin ‘Hanns Eisler’ Hochschule Symphony Orchestra, Concert Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern College of Music chamber orchestra, Student and Chamber Orchestra of Moscow Conservatory and others.