Judith Yan, Biography
Judith Yan is the Artistic Director of Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera on the Avalon. She has been a Staff Conductor for the San Francisco Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and the National Ballet of Canada. With the San Francisco Opera, she served as Staff Conductor, assistant to Maestro Donald Runnicles.
While with SFO, her performances of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress for San Francisco Opera (Merola) was included in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top Ten Classical Performances of the Year. She made her company debut with Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Prior to San Francisco Opera, she served as the first Conductor-in-Residence of the Canadian Opera Company, where her performance of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia garnered critical acclaim. She made her German conducting debut at Ulmer Oper with Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Mozart’s Idomeneo , and her Italian debut in 2007 in Sulmona, Italy with Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro . She returned the following season to conduct Puccini’s La Boheme . As a conductor of ballet, she has led over 90 performances at the Four Season’s Centre for the National Ballet of Canada.
Since 2010, she has had a close association with Hong Kong Ballet, conducting the company’s production of Swan Lake as well as premiering all three of the company’s most recent productions of Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Don Quixote . In 2014, she made her Seoul conducting debut with Korean National Ballet’s La Bayadére, conducting the Korean Symphony Orchestra, and returned in 2015 for productions of Swan Lake and Giselle . 2015/2016 season also included performances of Hong Kong Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty at National Arts Centre in Ottawa, a world-premiere of Jack Perla’s An American Dream with Seattle Opera, a debut at Teatr Wielki for Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew for Polish National Ballet, Mozart’s Requiem, a return to Korean National Ballet for performances of La Bayadére and the world-premiere of John Estacio’s opera, Ours , with Opera on the Avalon, where she returned for her sixth season as Music Director and Principal Conductor.
As a guest conductor, she has performed internationally, most recently with Seattle Opera, IU Opera and Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Opera, Pacific North West Ballet in the US, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Korean National Ballet, and Hong Kong Ballet in Asia, Manitoba Chamber Symphony in Canada. She looks forward to her Australian conducting debut in 2017 with a production of Don Quixote with West Australian Ballet.