Anna Skryleva

Biography

Anna SKRYLEVA was raised in Moscow, where she studied piano and composition. In 1999 after graduating the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory as solo pianist, she came to Germany where she first continued her studies as pianist at The University of Fine Arts Berlin. 2002 Anna Skryleva became a musical assistant of the conductor Alicja Mounk. From that time she dedicated her carrer to conducting, initially gained experience as a musical assistant and répétiteur.

From 2003 until 2007 she worked at the Cologne Opera where her activities included musical assistance for the "Ring" production under the button of Jeffrey Tate (2004) and subsequently under the musical direction of Markus Stenz. During that time she conducted several productions of the Opera Studio Cologne in the Yakult-Halle with the Gürzenich Orchestra and a production with the Youth Orchestra of North Rhine-Westphalia on the main stage.

From 2007 until 2012 Anna Skryleva was engaged by the Hamburg State Opera. She was the musical assistant for the new "Ring"production under the musical direction of the Hamburg's intendant and General Music Director Simone Young as well as for revivals of such opera productions as "Parsifal", "The Flying Dutchmen", "Salome" and "Elektra". Anna Skryleva conducted two productions of the International Opera Studio at the Opera Hamburg ("Savitri" by G. Holst and "Comedy on the Bridge" by B. Martinu). In 2009, at the New Year's Eve performance of "The Merry Widow", she shared the conductor's podium with Young. She subsequently conducted repertoire performances on the main stage of the Hamburg State Opera ("Il Turco in Italia" by Rossini and "Hansel and Gretel" by Humperdinck ).

During the season 2012/2013 Anna Skryleva was 1st capellmeister and Deputy Music Director at the State Theatre of Schleswig-Holstein where she enjoyed great success conducting "Der Freischütz" by C.M. von Weber and "La Bohème" by Puccini. She also conducted concerts at the opening of the season and the new productions "My Fair Lady" by Loewe, "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky, "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" by Weill and "Cinderella" by Prokofiev, which were very well received by both the audience and the press. In January 2013 the conductor presented the experimental programme "Masquerade" in the 4th symphony concert (including works by Stravinsky, Britten, Shchedrin), which received abundant applause.

After successfully conducting "Salome" by R. Strauss, Anna Skryleva became a member of the ensemble at the State Theatre Darmstadt where she worked as 1st capellmeister and Deputy Music Director from 2013 until 2015. Among her acclaimed performances were the symphony concert with works by Messiaen, Francaix and Berlioz, the performances of "La Traviata" by Verdi, "Tristan and Isolde" by Wagner, "Il Trittico" by Puccini, "Hansel and Gretel" by Humperdinck and "Cinderella" by Prokofiev. In June 2015 her guest performance of "Madame Butterfly" by Puccini took place at the Hessian State Theatre Wiesbaden; her first opera premiere in Darmstadt, "Otello", was a great musical success. At the New Year's Concert on January 1, 2014 Skryleva presented her audience an individually compiled programme that combined music, lighting and technical effects.

In November 2015 six conductors from all over the world were selected to participate in the renowned "Institute for Women Conductors" programme at the Dallas Opera, Anna Skryleva was one of them. The final concert was a great success and in the season 2016/2017 she returned as a guest conductor at the Dallas Opera for a Verdi concert.

Her repertoire in the opera field starts from Viena Classic (Mozart, Beethoven), goes through German and Russian Romanticism (Weber, Wagner, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky) including Italian bel canto (Rossini, Verdi, Puccini) to modern music of the 20th century (Britten, Stravinsky, Weill).

Anna Skryleva is in great demand both on the concert stage and with ballet companies, working with the South German Philharmonic Constance (concerts in Constance, Friedrichshafen, Zurich Tonhalle et al.) and the OFUNAM Philharmonic Orchestra of UNAM (Mexico), Youth Orchestra EDUARDO MATA (Mexico), New Philharmonic Frankfurt, North German Philharmonic Rostock. In September 2017 she is conducting the Ballet Premiere at the Theatre Magdeburg with pieces of American composers (S.Barber, J.Adams, Ph.Glass, A.Copland, W.G.Still and J.Tower). In May 2017 Anna Skryleva worked with the
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance company, conducting the performances at the Bodenssefestival in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

From the season 2017/2018 she leads as a first female Chief Conductor the Klassik Philharmonie Hamburg.

In June 2014 Anna Skryleva founded the international Peace Initiative CLASSIC FOR PEACE which quickly met with wide support by the public and by high-ranking politicians of the German State Hesse (including the State Prime Minister Volker Bouffier and the Hessian Minister of Science and Arts Boris Rhein, who assumed the patronage for the project).
With this initiative, the versatile musician realises multicultural projects to further the understanding between nations through music.

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