About the Conductor


Finalist of the 2016 American Prize in Conducting, Lev Ivanov was one of the five to receive prizes and special recognition at the Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest International Conducting Competition 2013 where he conducted George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded the Special Mention prize by the jury presided over by Jorma Panula from among the fifty international contestants. Dr. Ivanov is also the recipient of the George and Geraldine Swensen Watkins Endowment for Excellence in the Arts and a prize-winner of the Vorzel and Guitaralia international ensemble competitions in Ukraine and Poland.

Dr. Ivanov is in his third year of being the music director of Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra. His vision of artistic excellence facilitated projects and collaborations with other forms of the arts including use of electronic music, visual aids and computer technology in an orchestral setting. His creative approach to programming provides for skillful execution of traditional repertoire alongside twenty-first-century orchestral music. Passionate about diversity and making music accessible to all, Dr. Ivanov continues reaching out to new audiences. An advocate for engaging children in the arts, he conducted Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for over 1,000 school children in November 2014, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for local students in November 2016. He has been the recipient of both the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Grant and the Harmon Arts Grant to continue to bring orchestral music and opera to audiences in Central Illinois.

Recent appearances include two seasons of being the guest conductor for the Prairie Fire Opera Theater, guest conductor of the Fifth House Ensemble, guest conductor for the Illinois Chamber Music Festival Orchestra, music director of Sustainable Symphony, guest conductor for the Park City Chamber Music Festival Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Theater. For three consecutive seasons, Dr. Ivanov was invited to work with the Park City Summer Orchestra Festival, where he conducted the Festival Orchestra and members of the Utah Symphony in a series of performances.

In the summer of 2008, Dr. Ivanov was invited to participate in St. Magnus Festival in Scotland directed by Sir. Peter Maxwell Davies, and to study with Martyn Brabbins and Charles Peebles at the prestigious Orkney Conducting Course, where he worked with Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Ivanov studied under Roman Kofman, Niku Mitznei, Martyn Brabbins, Kory Katseanes, William Reber and Timothy Russell. Additionally he has taken masterclasses with Thomas Cockrell, Keith Lockhart and Carl St. Clair.

Dr. Ivanov received degrees in music performance and conducting from Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music (Kyiv, Ukraine), Brigham Young University and Arizona State University.