Galina Sakhnovskaya, Founder and Director of EMA
Galina Sakhnovskaya, a lyric soprano, has emerged as an artist of remarkable versatility and great vocal beauty. Born in Moldova, Ms. Sakhnovskaya has brought her impressive voice and sensitive musicianship to performances in numerous cities in the United States as well as Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, Moldova, and St. Petersburg, Russia, where Galina has performed in many operas and recitals with her husband, Mikhail Yanovitsky. Her repertoire encompasses a vast gamut and includes lieder, chamber music, oratorio, and opera, sung in various languages, including German, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, English, and Spanish. Some of Galina’s operatic roles include the title role in Suor Angelica, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Violetta in La Traviata, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, the title role in Iolanta, Marfa in Tsar’s Bride, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. In concert and oratorio Ms. Sakhnovskaya has performed as a soprano soloist in Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras, the Lord Nelson Mass and Theresa Mass of Haydn, Handel’s Messiah, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, and the Neue Liebeslieder, Opus 65 by Brahms. Her recital and chamber repertoire include songs and song cycles by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Dvořak, Manuel de Falla, Poulenc, and Messiaen, among others.
Ms. Sakhnovskaya has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships which include the Washington International Competition in Washington DC, the Center for Contemporary Opera Competition in New York, the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition in New York, the New York Vocal Artists Competition, the Peabody Conservatory Graduate Performance Diploma Scholarship and grant, and Mayor’s Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania. Galina has also been chosen to participate in the International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. Galina is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance, and the University of Pennsylvania, which she finished with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Computer Science Engineering. Ms. Sakhnovskaya has been a dedicated and enthusiastic voice teacher for over ten years. Many of her students have become soloists in their schools’ musical productions, and several went on to continue their studies at major conservatories. She has taught at Cabrini College, Settlement Music School, and the Leopold Mozart Academy. She is the founder and director of the Elite Music Academy.