Oksana Lyniv was born in Ukraine into a family of musicians. As a child she studied the piano, flute, violin and voice and conducted her first orchestra at the age of 16. That experience proved decisive in mapping out her future career. In 2003, after first working as an assistant at the Lviv Theatre, she became the principal guest conductor of the Leopolis Chamber Symphony Orchestra. The following year, she took third prize at the Gustav Mahler Conductor’s Competition in Bamberg. From 2005 to 2009, she perfected her skills at the Dresden Academy of Music and from 2008 to 2013, she was assistant musical director at the National Theatre in Odessa. She also founded an orchestra of young musicians in Ukraine. Since the 2013-2014 season, she has been Kirill Petrenko’s assistant at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. She has conducted several productions in the city, including the world premiere of Boris Blacher’s The Flood, La Clemenza di Tito, Le Comte Ory, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Albert Herring, Lucia di Lammermoor, Hauke Berheides’ Mauerschau, Ariadne auf Naxos, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, as well as the Lotte de Beer production of The Maid of Orleans at the Theater an der Wien. In April 2017, she made her first forays into the Wagnerian repertoire by conducting Der Fliegende Holländer at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Since the 2017-2018 season, she has been the musical director of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and the Graz Opera after making her Graz Opera debut in 2016 with La Traviata. Since then, she has conducted Eugene Onegin, Il Viaggio a Reims, Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Tosca, Salomé, The Queen of Spades and Obéron. During the 2019-2020 season, she conducted Don Carlo, Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger and Œdipus Rex in Graz; Bluebeard’s Castle in Munich, and Cherubini’s Medea and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. She also made her concert debut with the Berlin Staatskapelle and performed with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein.