Irish conductor, Lygia O’Riordan, studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the class of the great Russian conductor, Gennady Rozhdestvensky. She founded Ensemble XXI in 1989, which became the first professional orchestra in Russia where both foreigners and Russians play together. With Ensemble XXI she has toured throughout Russia, Europe, Australasia and the Americas. Lygia O’Riordan worked closely with Arvo Pärt to conduct the world premiere of his Trisagion and has conducted the world premieres of works by Kerry, Sermilä, Krivitsky, Shepherd, Siirala. Lygia O´Riordan is an Associate of the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, as an artistic supervisor of the doctoral programme. She has given master classes in conducting and chamber music in Russia, Europe, the US and Australia.
Lygia O’Riordan has translated Gennady Rozhdestvensky’s book from the original Russian into English, ‘’Fingerings for Conductors” – a practical guide to conducting the works of Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Shostakovich.
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