Oksana Lyniv

Lyniv is the daughter of two musicians and the granddaughter of a choral conductor. Her father is also a choral conductor. As a youth, she studied piano, flute, violin and singing. From 1992 to 1996, she studied flute and conducting at the Stanislav Liudkevych Music School in Lviv. She first conducted an orchestra at age 16, where this experience initiated her interest in conducting.

From 1996 to 2003, she was a conducting student at the Lysenko music academy in Lviv, where her teachers included Bogdan Dashak, who was also chief conductor at Lviv Opera. During her studies, Lyniv became an assistant conductor to Dashak at Lviv Opera. She became principal guest conductor of the Leopolis Chamber Symphony Orchestra in 2003.

In 2004, Lyniv participated in the first Gustav Mahler conducting competition of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and won 3rd prize. In 2005, she became assistant conductor to Jonathan Nott at the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

From 2005 to 2009, Lyniv continued her music studies at the Musikhochschule Dresden (“Carl Maria von Weber” College of Music). She participated in a masterclass with Ekkehard Klemm in 2007. She held a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Goethe Institute, and the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation.

From 2007 to 2009, Lyniv was promoted by the “Dirigentenforum” of the German Music Council. She has taken further master classes in conducting with Hartmut Haenchen, Kurt Masur, Peter Gülke, Georg Fritzsch and Roland Seiffarth.

From 2008 to 2013, Lyniv was associate chief conductor of the Odessa National Opera. She has worked on establishing a national youth orchestra in Ukraine.

Since the 2013-2014 season, Lyniv has served on the conducting staff of the Bavarian State Opera, as an assistant conductor to Kirill Petrenko. Her work at the Bavarian State Opera has included conducting productions of Mirandolina (Martinu), Die Soldaten (Zimmermann), and Selma Ježková (Poul Ruders).

In October 2016, Lyniv made her first guest-conducting appearance with Graz Opera, in a production of La Traviata. Based on this engagement, in February 2017, Graz Opera announced her appointment as the next chief conductor of the Graz Opera and of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, effective with the 2017-2018 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. This appointment marks her first chief conductorship, and she is the first female conductor to be named chief conductor of the Graz Opera and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. She is scheduled to conclude her tenure in Graz at the end of the 2019-2020 season.