Born in Moldova, lyric soprano Galina Sakhnovskaya has emerged as a young artist of remarkable versatility and great vocal beauty. Galina made her operatic debut with the Delaware Valley Opera Company in Philadelphia singing the role of Nedda in I Pagliacci in 2001, while still attending the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music which she completed in 2003 with a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance. Ms. Sakhnovskaya's recital stage debut occurred in 2004 and was presented by the Tri-County Association for the Emerging Artists. The recital program includedLieder und Gesänge, Opus 59 by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann's Liederkreis, Opus 39, collection of songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and The Nursery by Modest Mussorgsky. The latter is one of the most exceptional in Galina's repertoire and the one for the interpretation of which she has been highly praised:
"...Sakhnovskaya handled Mussorgsky's cycle "The Nursery" beautifully, expressively capturing both childish and adult voices..."Washington Post (May 2, 2006).
Although at the start of her career, Ms. Sakhnovskaya's impressive voice and sensitive musicianship has lead to performances in numerous cities in the United States as well as Denmark, Germany, Israel, Moldova, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her repertoire encompasses a vast gamut and includes lieder, chamber music, oratorio, and operatic repertoire sung in various languages, including German, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, English, and Spanish.
"Galina possesses a most glorious soprano voice... her contributions to music have always been of the highest caliber, amply demonstrating her vocal and intellectual flexibility and accomplishment... she is a great singer and performer." (John Shirley- Quirk, International baritone)
Poèmes pour Mi by Olivier Messiaen is another, most difficult work, which Galina, being one of few singers, has performed with great success in the United States and abroad. The most recent performance of Poèmes pour Mi was heard at the Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, in April 2007 where Galina has also performed Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Block for Soprano, Piano, Violin, and Violoncello, Opus 127 by Dmitry Shostakovich. In Spring 2010, Ms. Sakhnovskaya performed in recitals with her husband Mikhail Yanovitsky in Philadelphia, Denmark, and Sweden, singing Prokofiev's Five Melodies, Op. 35, and Vier Letzte Lieder by Richard Strauss with great success.
In oratorio Ms. Sakhnovskaya has performed as a soprano soloist in the Lord Nelson Mass and Theresa Mass of Haydn, Handel's Messiah, J. S. Bach's Magnificat, and theNeue Liebeslieder, Opus 65 by Brahms. Galina feels equally at home in the operatic repertoire, having successfully performed many operatic roles, some of which are Nedda in I Pagliacci, Musetta and Mimì in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Her other operatic roles include 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.
Ms. Sakhnovskaya has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships which include Washington International Competition in Washington DC, Center for Contemporary Opera Competition in New York, Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition in New York, New York Vocal Artists Competition, Peabody Conservatory Graduate Performance Diploma Scholarship and grant, and Mayor's Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania where Galina received her undergraduate degrees in music and computer science engineering. Galina has also been chosen to participate in the International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich.