Highly sought after as a conductor around the world, Oksana Lyniv is also the founding Artistic Director of the LvivMozArt Festival as well as the founding conductor and Artistic Director of the YsOU Youth Symphony Orchestra, both in her native Ukraine.
First woman to be engaged at the Bayreuth Festival, she conducted there Der fliegende Hollander to open the 2021 Festival. A few months later, Lyniv was appointed musical director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. On taking up the position in January 2022, she will become the first woman appointed to such a post in an Italian operatic institution.
Oksana Lyniv has gained a reputation for her extraordinary ability to blend precision and temperament, and for the remarkable depth of her musical interpretations. She now figures among the pre-eminent conductors of the new generation on the world stage.
In 2021-22, Oksana Lyniv will conduct Tosca at the ROH Covent Garden in London as well as several new productions: Suor Angelica and the rarely performed Mese Mariano by Giordano at the Opéra de Wallonie in Liège, Turandot at the Rome Opera, and Rusalka at the Stuttgart State Opera. She will also be at the head of several productions in her hometown and conduct several concerts by prestigious orchestras.
In previous seasons, she has made her debut at the Paris Opera in an all-Tchaikovsky concert, the Frankfurt Opera (I Puritani), the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin (Médée by Cherubini), the Temple of Hatshepsutin Luxor (Aida) and in Barcelona (Der fliegende Holländer). She returned to the Bavarian State Opera for Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Bluebeard’s Castle and conducted works at the Theater an der Wien and Deutsche Oper in Berlin. She has also garnered success for her work on the concert podium with such ensembles as the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Bruckner Orchestra of Linz, Badische Staatskapelle, SWR Orchestra, Nuremberg, Düsseldorf and Hamburg Symphony Orchestras, Barenboim-Said Academy, Luxembourg and Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Berlin Philharmonic’s Karajan Academy.
From 2017 to 2020, she was Principal Conductor of the Graz Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, helping reinvigorate one of Austria’s most important cultural centres through her inexhaustible creativity and unique artistry. Her CD recording of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci with the Graz Philharmonic received critical acclaim.
Oksana Lyniv’s international career was launched in 2004 with her 3rd Prize at the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition. From 2008 to 2013, she worked at the Odessa Opera, and from 2013 to 2017, she was Kirill Petrenko’s assistant at the Bavarian State Opera, where she conducted Die Flut (Blacher), Greek (Turnage) and Mauerschau (Berheide), as well as La clemenza di Tito, Le Comte Ory, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Albert Herring, Lucia di Lammermoor, Ariadne auf Naxos and Lady Macbeth of Mzensk.
In 2015, elle received the Munich Festival Prize and was named “Star of the Year” in the “Classical” category. Four years later, she won the well-reputed Trebbia International Prize, and in 2020 the Oper! Award for best conductor.
Alongside her international career, Oksana Lyniv is a keen participant in Ukrainian musical life and returns there regularly for engagements. She is considered her country’s cultural ambassador and has received numerous distinctions.