What galvanized the entire production was the high level of the music making. Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, who is also music director of Juventas New Music Ensemble and Harvard’s popular Lowell House Opera, is a skillful and incisive musician, and she got an exciting, accomplished performance from her small orchestra. " -Lloyd Schwartz, Pulizer Prize winner for Criticism (New York Arts)
Lidiya Yankovskaya's experience includes work with opera companies, symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choruses. In particular, Lidiya has become known for her interpretations of new and rarely-performed works, as well as her work with Russian-language opera. Currently, Lidiya serves as Music Director of Juventas New Music Ensemble (a professional contemporary music ensemble most recently in residency at The Boston Conservatory), Music Director at Harvard University's Lowell House Opera (the longest continuously-operating opera company in New England), Music Director/Conductor with Boston's Commonwealth Lyric Theater, and Music Director of Center for Contemporary Opera’s Development Series in New York City. She is also working as an Assistant Conductor with Gotham Chamber Opera and as a pianist/conductor with New York Lyric Opera. In addition to her work as a conductor, Lidiya is active as a pianist and coach. She currently serves as the Russian Diction Coach for Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus and regularly performs as a collaborative pianist, recently serving as the Music Director/Pianist for Opera Boston's education tours and the cover pianist for Opera Boston's mainstage productions. This summer, Lidiya is thrilled to work with Maestro Lorin Maazel as a Conducting Fellow at the Castleton Festival.
This season’s productions include Delibes's Lakmé with Lowell House Opera, world premiere performances of the ballet HackPolitik by Peter van Zandt Lane (with People Movers Dance) and of Dominick DiOrio's opera The Little Blue One with Juventas, and productions of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater. Recent projects include 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 Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Lowell House Opera, Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with Boston Opera Collaborative, and the world premierer of Isaac Schankler’s Light and Power with Juventas (winner of The National Opera Association Award and The American Prize for best professional production). Lidiya has also recently served as the Assistant Conductor for Gotham Chamber Opera's BadenBaden performance and as Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master for numerous performances with Opera Boston.
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 first movement of Dvořak's Symphony no. 7. Lidiya's conducting teachers and mentors have included Kenneth Kiesler, Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Joshua Jacobson, Eduardo Navega, and Christine Howlett. She has also recently participated in workshops and masterclasses with Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, Mark Gibson, Arthur Fagen, and Simon Carrington. As a singer and diction coach with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (chorus of the Boston Symphony), Lidiya has also had the opportunity to perform under the batons of James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Rafael Frühbeck de Bergos, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, and others.
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 Prize as the top pianist in her graduating class. Lidiya also holds an MM in Conducting, Pi Kappa Lambda, on a full tuition Dean's Scholarship, from Boston University. While at Boston University, Lidiya also studied voice with Sharon Daniels, Director of the Boston University Opera Institute, and collaborative piano with Shiela Kibbe, chair of BU's Collaborative Piano Department.