Alevtina Ioffe

Alevtina Ioffe is presently Music Director of The Moscow State Opera and Ballet Theatre for Young Audience «Natalia Sats» and Principal Guest Conductor of the Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Saha, Republic of Yakutia, Russia. In April 2019 she made her successful debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper with double bill of Tchaikovsky’s Yolanta and Stravinsky’s Mavra. The double bill directed by Axel Rainisch was filmed in July 2019 and will be released on DVD. In 2018, she made her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducting Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky and was immediately re-invited.

Born in Moscow, Alevtina Ioffe studied choral conducting, classical vocal and piano at the State Musical Pedagogical Institute «Ippolitov-Ivanov» and graduated from the Faculty of Opera and Symphony Conducting of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory under the leadership of Vladimir Ponkin. Following her experiences as an assistant conductor at the San Francisco Opera with Donald Runnicles and at the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, at the Helikon-Opera in Moscow, Ioffe won third prize at the Victor de Sabata Conducting Competition in Trieste in 2009, with special mention from the orchestra.

Between 2008 and 2011, Ioffe conducted at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre and was frequently invited to conduct at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania and at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste in Italy as well as at the Oldenburgische Staatstheater in Germany.

In September 2011, Ioffe was appointed Music Director of the Moscow State Opera and Ballet Theatre for Young Audience named after Natalia Sats. She has led a number of new productions in wide-ranging repertoire including Alcina by Händel, Madama Butterfly by Puccini, La forza del destino by Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, Iolanta and Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, The Magic Flute by Mozart, L’enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel as well as The Tale of Tsar Saltan and The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov. As music director and conductor of the project «Russian Seasons of the XXI Century», initiated by Andris Liepa, Ioffe conducted the ballets The Firebird and Petrushka by Stravinsky, both presented in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and in London at the Coliseum. She also created a program entitled «Portraits of Composers» where she introduced the audience to rarely performed works by Britten, Stravinsky, Honegger and Schoenberg. Contemporary works for the stage, such as the ballet The Little Mermaid by Lera Auerbach, are also an important part of her repertoire.

Ioffe was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Saha, Republic of Yakutia, Russia in September 2015. She has conducted premières of Aida by Verdi, The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, Prince Igor by Borodin.

Ioffe has conducted some of the most important Russian orchestras including the Novaya Rossiya Orchestra, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Krasnodar Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 she appeared at the Perm Festival with Denis Matsuev and the winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition leading the Russian National Orchestra.

Beyond her activities as a conductor, Ioffe is currently enrolled in the professional development program dedicated to Electronic Music Composition at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.