Assistant Music Director
As a conductor, Lidiya Yankovskaya’s experience includes work with opera companies, symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choruses. Currently, Lidiya is the Music of Juventas New Music Ensemble, Conductor with the Boston Opera Collaborative, and Assistant Conductor of Zamir Chorale of Boston. This season, Lidiya will serve as Music Director for a production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen and as Assistant Music Director of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Boston Opera Collaborative. Recent appearances include serving as conductor for a performance of Mozart’s Zauberflöte at Brandeis University, music directing Avrom Goldfadn’s opera Shulamis at Harvard University, serving as Assistant Music Director for a performance of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg with OperaHub, and music directing the premiere of the opera Victory Over the Sun by Russian avant-garde composer Georgy Firtich. Lidiya has also served as a Russian diction coach for Opera Boston for a recent production of Shotakovich’s The Nose and is currently a pianist for Opera Boston’s education tours.
Lidiya received her B.A. in Music, Phi Beta Kappa with Departmental Honors, focusing on piano, voice and conducting from Vassar College, where she also studied Philosophy and languages. While at Vassar, Lidiya was the Music Director of the Mahagonny Ensemble, an instrumental and choral ensemble (about 55 instrumentalists and 24 singers) focusing on repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2008, she also served as the Music Director for a production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along with the Vassar College Department of Drama. Upon graduation from Vassar, Lidiya received the Francis Walker Prize as the top pianist in her graduating class. In May 2010, Lidiya received a degree in Conducting, Pi Kappa Lambda, on a Dean’s Scholarship from Boston University. While at Boston University, Lidiya also studied voice with Sharon Daniels, Director of the Boston Opera Institute and piano with Helena Vesterman.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Lidiya Yankovskaya 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 Dvorak’s Symphony no. 7. Lidiya’s conducting teachers and mentors have included Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Josh Jacobson, Eduardo Navega, Christine Howlett, Tamara Brooks, Ken Kiesler (Conductors Retreat Medomak), Simon Carrington (Norfolk Music Festival), Harold Farberman (Conductors Institute at Bard) and Mark Shapiro (EAMA at L’École Normale de Musique in Paris).
In addition to her work as a conductor, Lidiya serves regularly as a vocal coach and accompanist for many local singers and opera companies and sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (the choir of the Boston Symphony Orchestra).