Lev Ivanov teaches conducting at IWU. He is also the Music Director of the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Dr. Ivanov earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Conducting from the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music (Ukraine), Master of Music degree at Brigham Young University and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral and Opera Conducting at Arizona State University. He has studied under the following: Vitaliy Pschenichny, Roman Kofman, Kory Katseanes, Timothy Russell, and William Reber.
While living in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Ivanov was a sought after clinician among both orchestras and wind bands. Collaborations included Mesa Community College Wind Ensemble, and Park City Summer Orchestra Festival, where Dr. Ivanov served as a guest conductor for three consecutive seasons (2010-2013). Dr. Ivanov received a "Special Mention" diploma at the Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest International Conducting Competition 2013, one of the five to receive prizes and special recognitions among fifty international contestants. Dr. Ivanov is the recipient of the George and Geraldine Swensen Watkins Endowment for Excellence in the Arts, and he also won a Special Talent Award both at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and at Brigham Young University.
Dr. Ivanov was an Assistant Conductor of ASU Lyric Opera Theater and ASU Symphony Orchestra and Director of ASU Sinfonietta. He was also an Assistant Conductor of BYU Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras and Director of University Orchestra and University Strings. He also participated in the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition in Ruse, Bulgaria.
Dr. Ivanov has worked with a number of orchestras across Europe and the United States, including Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgarian State Opera Ruse Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Hebredis Ensemble, North Chamber Orchestra, BYU Philharmonic, Chamber, Symphony and String orchestras, BYU New Music Ensemble, ASU Symphony and Sinfonietta, ASU New Music Ensemble, St. Magnus Festival Chorus, Park City Music Festival Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble, North Chamber Orchestra and others.