Yana Ivanilova is one of Russia’s most sought-after singers. Born in Moscow, she studied under Valentina Levko at the Gnessin Academy of Music, and under Nina Dorliak- Richter at the Moscow Conservatory. She received further significant insights under the tutelage of Ingeborg Wamser and Marie Delavuy in Montreal.
Her career so far, has seen her perform at such prestigious venues as the New Opera in Moscow, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, New York’s Millennium Theatre, Westminster Abbey in London and the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. She was a soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre Ensemble in 2008. She has performed with such renowned artists as Evgeny Svetlanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mikhail Pletnev, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Minin, Saulius Sondeckis and many more, as well as with the early music ensembles Madrigal, The Old Music Academy and Orpharion.
In 1999, she was awarded a special prize at the Schneider-Trnavsky Competition, for her portrayal of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, in Košice, Slovakia.
Her broad range of activities in the field of opera, oratorio and concert performance is complemented by a varied art-song repertoire, in which she specialises particularly in works by Russian composers. Additionally, she had participated in premieres of works by Leonid Destyanikov and the first performance of the reconstructed Mozart opera The Goose of Cairo at the Ostankino in Moscow.
Her discography includes recordings of works by Nicolas Medtner with Boris Berezowsky (Mirare), as well as with Ekaterina Derzhavina and Hamish Milne (Vista Vera); works by Valentin Silvestrov, together with Alexei Ljubimov (Megadisk); and Giuseppe Sarti’s Enea nel Lazio (Bongiovani).