Hannah Schneider    

music director 

Noted for her ‘powerful flair’ and ‘elegant exactitude’, conductor HANNAH SCHNEIDER began her musical career in violin performance at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the studio of Vladimir Ivanov and Alyena Chvertok. In 2013, she produced an album entitled “Music From the Mountains”, featuring child prodigies from the formerly war-torn North Caucasus region of Russia. Turning her attention to conducting, she then worked as personal assistant to conductor Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.   In 2017, she earned a master’s in music from the University of Oxford, and also won the conducting competition which awarded her the music directorship of Oxford University Philharmonia for 2017-2018. In 2016, she  founded Oxford Alternative Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to exploring the intersection of music, social impact, and marginalised communities.  Acclaimed for its ‘norm-defying performance contexts’, the orchestra has given charity performances across Oxfordshire and on tour in Scotland.  Schneider is an avid conductor of opera, and has recently conducted the first Oxford production of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Corridor, Verdi’s La Traviata with The People’s Opera. She is pursuing a doctorate in Music—specialising in Soviet opera—at the University of Oxford as an American Rhodes Scholar. 


Upcoming Concerts: 

October 6: Oxford Philharmonic

October 29: Oxford Alternative Orchestra 

February 1-4: The People’s Opera - Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin