Headshot of Lidiya Yankovskaya, Conductor - credit ToddRosenberg

Lidiya Yankovskaya


Lidiya Yankovskaya is a fiercely committed advocate for Slavic masterpieces, operatic rarities, and contemporary works on the leading edge of classical music.

She has conducted more than 40 world premieres, including 18 operas, and her strength as a visionary collaborator has guided new perspectives on staged and symphonic repertoire from Carmen and Queen of Spades to Price and Prokofiev.

Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is her ENO debut.

Her daring performances before and amid the pandemic earned recognition from the Chicago Tribune, which praised her as ‘the very model of how to survive adversity, and also how to thrive in it’, while naming her 2020 Chicagoan of the Year.

This season, she makes a series of major orchestral debuts, including performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, and Richmond Symphony.

She also debuts at Santa Fe Opera in a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka and at Staatsoper Hamburg with Eugene Onegin. She returns to Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their MusicNOW series before conducting the Chicago premiere of Szymanowski’s Król Roger and the world premiere of The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing at Chicago Opera Theater, where she serves as Elizabeth Morse and Genius Music Director.

Last updated: 20th April 2023