Conductor, violinist, and pedagogue Taras Krysa is establishing a reputation for innovative and inspiring music-making and leadership throughout the United States and Europe. Recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the esteemed Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra – the oldest professional orchestra in the Ukraine – his skill as a conductor bolsters and strengthens the ensembles he leads, and his enthusiasm and joy for music is matched by his creative programming, resulting in memorable concert events that extend beyond the stage to truly engage with the communities he performs in.
The Ukrainian-born, American-based conductor has guest conducted internationally with orchestras including the New World Symphony, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Moscow Soloists, Slovak Sinfonietta, Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In addition, Mr. Krysa led the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovak Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra on several European tours including appearances at Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw. Mr. Krysa has conducted soloists such as Dmitri Berlinsky, Sarah Chang, Ingrid Fliter, Pavel Gintov, Hilary Hahn, Derek Han, Natasha Paremski, and Mykola Suk among others. He has cover conducted with the St. Louis and Memphis Symphony Orchestras and is lauded for his fresh interpretations of a wide breadth of repertoire.
An accomplished violinist, he was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony Orchestra, and continues to maintain an active career performing chamber music. During his time performing with the New World Symphony he was encouraged by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas to pursue conducting, advice he heeded.
Mr. Krysa recently concluded his ninth season as the Artistic and Music Director of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra in Nevada. Under his leadership, the ensemble has seen its audience expand ten-fold and its concerts recognized as a treasured part of the cultural life of the community.
Mr. Krysa’s pedagogical philosophy is to not only prepare students for professional careers as orchestral performers and teachers, but to encourage them to serve as keystones of the cultural life in their communities. As Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 2006, Mr. Krysa has worked to restore and improve the university’s orchestral program. Both program enrolment and audience attendance have doubled under his direction.
Mr. Krysa actively promotes new music and has made three critically acclaimed recordings for the Brilliant Classics label; two of which featured works by Mozart and one a live recording of Freddie Mercury’s rock opera, Barcelona.
Taras Krysa was born in Kiev into a dynasty of professional musicians. His father, Oleh Krysa, is a prominent concert violinist and a pupil of David Oistrakh. His mother, Tatiana Tchekina, was as concert pianist, and his grandfather, Pavel Tchekin, was a tenor at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Mr. Krysa attended the Gnesin School of Music in Moscow before emigrating with his family to the United States 1989 where he continued his studies in violin and conducting at Indiana University and Northwestern University. His violin teachers were Nelli Shkolnikova and Natalia Gvozdetskaya and his conducting teacher was Victor Yampolsky. Mr. Krysa was recipient of fellowship the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival.