Russian-born conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya currently serves as Artistic Director with Juventas New Music Ensemble (a professional instrumental ensemble based in Boston), Music Director with Commonwealth Lyric Theater (where she has worked with top artists from the Met Opera, Bolshoi Theater, and La Scala), and as a conductor with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Lidiya’s work this season also includes conducting engagements with New Opera NYC, Boston’s Metro West Opera, the Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC, American Lyric Theater, New York Lyric Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, Dallas Opera’s Inaugural Institute for Women Conductors, and the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music. Recent engagements have also included work with Hubbard Hall Opera; assistant conducting engagements with Opera Boston, Odyssey Opera, and Gotham Chamber Opera; and work preparing the chorus of the Boston Symphony. Lidiya has also served as a Conducting Fellow under Lorin Maazel—former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic—at his Castleton Festival, where she assisted Maestro Maazel and regularly filled in for him in rehearsal and performance. She became the first person other than Maazel himself to conduct one of his compositions.
Hailed by Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism Lloyd Schwartz as a “skillful and incisive musician,” Lidiya’s symphonic and operatic work has also received numerous awards. A number of her performances have been awarded the American Prize and the National Opera Association Award, and Lidiya has been named part of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship program.
Lidiya has also worked in various academic institutions as a faculty member, conductor, and guest clinician. Most recently, she served on the theory faculty at Boston College and for five years, as the Music Director of Harvard University’s Lowell House Opera. She is also a member of the Lowell House Senior Common Room (a student advisory body) and an affiliate scholar with Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Lidiya began her musical study at the age of five as a pianist, singer, and violinist; at age seventeen, she led her high school orchestra in the third movement of Dvořak’s Symphony no. 7, and has not put the baton down since. In her free time, Lidiya loves to read, hike, swim and ski. She currently lives in NYC with her lawyer husband, who is an AZ native, and a die-hard Phoenix Suns fan.