Bio: "If there were a futures market for classical music, the touts would be pushing Lidiya Yankovskaya." -WBUR
Russian-born symphonic and opera conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya's recent work has been hailed as “superb,” “expert,” and “coax[ing] every possible expressive note from the instrumentalists.” Recently named Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater, this season she also completes her tenure as Artistic Director of Juventas New Music Ensemble, and is a resident artist at National Sawdust with the Refugee Orchestra Project. Guest conducting engagements include Wolftrap Opera, Chicago Philharmonic, Beth Morrison Projects, American Lyric Theater, Washington National Opera, Flagstaff Symphony, Opera Saratoga, Brookline Symphony, and Stamford Symphony. Other recent positions include serving as Music Director with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Music Director with Harvard's Lowell House Opera, as a chorus master for numerous programs with Boston Symphony Orchestra/Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and as a conductor with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Lidiya is also part of Dallas Opera's inaugural Institute for Women Conductors, the Taki Concordia Fellowship program, and has been a conducting fellow at the Cabrillo Festival and under Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, where she assisted Maazel and filled in for him regularly in rehearsal and performance.
Current projects include Rubinshteyn's The Demon with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, the world premiere of Dan Shore’s opera Freedom Ride with Juventas, San Francisco performances of Rimsky Korsakov's Kashchej the Immortal and Mozart and Salieri, the world premiere of Julian Wachner's Rev23, and concerts with Stamford Symphony and the Refugee Orchestra Project.
Other recent projects include Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream (first place, The American Prize) with Lowell House Opera, Juventas performances with robotic instruments and the NEA-funded puppetry collaboration entitled Music in Motion, the world premiere performances and recording of the ballet HackPolitik by Peter van Zandt Lane (with People Movers Dance), Rachmaninoff's Aleko with Commonwealth Lyric Theater (winner of National Opera Association Award for Best Production in the Professional Category), Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snegurochka (the first fully-staged, Russian-language production of the opera in the U.S. and the work's New England premiere), and the world premiere of Isaac Schankler’s Light and Power with Juventas (winner of The National Opera Association Award and The American Prize for best professional production).
As a chorus master, diction coach, and singer with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (chorus of the Boston Symphony), Lidiya has had the opportunity to work with James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, and others, and to prepare choruses for Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart and Sakari Orama. Lidiya also has a breadth of experience with Russian operatic repertoire (including several American premieres of major Russian works) and as a Russian diction coach. She has prepared Russian diction materials for over a dozen operas and other major works. She also has extensive experience in academic settings, most recently teaching theory at Boston College, and as a guest lecturer/clinitian at a number of academic institutions including Franklin & Marshall, Brandeis University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, The Boston Conservatory, Northeastern University, Berklee College of Music, and others
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Lidiya began her studies on piano at the Russian Specialized Music Schools and as a singer in the St. Petersburg Children's Choir at age five. Soon thereafter, she also began playing the violin. Lidiya first performed as a conductor at age seventeen, when she lead her high school orchestra in the third movement of Dvořak's Symphony no. 7. Lidiya's conducting teachers and mentors have included Lorin Maazel, Marin Alsop, Kenneth Kiesler, Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Joshua Jacobson, Eduardo Navega, and Christine Howlett. She has also participated in workshops and masterclasses with James Ross, Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, Mark Gibson, Arthur Fagen, and Simon Carrington.
Lidiya holds a B.A. in Music and Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa with Departmental Honors, focusing on piano, voice and conducting from Vassar College. Upon graduation from Vassar, Lidiya received the Francis Walker Piano Prize. Lidiya also holds an MM in Conducting, Pi Kappa Lambda, on a full tuition Dean's Scholarship, from Boston University. While at BU, Lidiya also studied voice with Sharon Daniels, Director of the BU Opera Institute, and collaborative piano with Shiela Kibbe, chair of BU's Collaborative Piano Department.
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