Judith Yan


Played by West Australian Symphony Orchestra at its glorious best on opening night, conductor Judith Yan brought forth every nuance, dramatic tone or highlight in the score, in the narrative and in the choreography.” (West Australian Ballet/West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Dracula, Dance Australia)

The music to accompany the production was from the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Judith Yan expertly conducted the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra through the hauntingly dark score.” (West Australian Ballet/West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Dracula)

“Under the direction of Canadian conductor Judith Yan, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra is simply wonderful. As one might imagine, cellos are prominent, but special mention must be made of the piano – there was a keyboard passage that filled the auditorium with crystal clear emotion.” (West Australian Ballet/West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Dracula)

Dracula the ballet is a triumph...The tiny figure of Chinese conductor, Judith Yan, belied the sounds she brought from the orchestra pit of the beautiful Edwardian theatre, far removed from the dark Victorian days in which the story was originally set.” (West Australian Ballet/West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Dracula, ArtsHub)

“Judith Yan, who returns as conductor, cues every singer and all her instrumentalists with alacrity, and realizes all the colors of Perla’s shape-shifting score." (Seattle Opera, An American Dream, Seattle Times)

“Judith Yan, in her Seattle Opera debut, conducted the orchestra of 15 players with vigor and deep sympathy for the score.” (Seattle Opera, An American Dream, Classical Voice America)

“Judith Yan conducts a chamber orchestra in an admirably well-paced performance supporting but never overwhelming the singers” (Seattle Opera, An American Dream, CityArt)

An American Dream Triumphantly Returns” “All of these amazing performances are enriched by the supremely talented orchestra under the baton of Judith Yan." (Seattle Opera, An American Dream, Drama in the Hood)

"West Australian Symphony Orchestra, under Canadian conductor Judith Yan, gave a sparkling accompaniment to this engaging rendition of Don Quixote.” (West Australian Ballet, Don Quixote, The West Australian)

On opening night, Canadian conductor Judith Yan expertly led the West Australian Symphony Orchestra through the Minkus score with WASO (West Australian Symphony Orchestra) in fine form.” (West Australian Ballet, Don Quixote, Dance Australia)

 "The evening's principal hero was conductor Judith Yan, who led this daunting score with astonishing precision and fluency..."  Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Opera Merola, The Rake’s Progress Stravinsky, San Francisco Chronicle)

“Judith Yan led her musicians with great power and style.” James Koelker (San Francisco Classical Voice)

"The music glistened under the baton of conductor Judith Yan…textures were lucid and the lyric line convincingly sustained." John Bender (San Francisco Opera, La Finta Giardiniera Mozart, Opera Canada)

“With this performance, and the closing of her second season as Artistic Director with the GSO, Yan is quickly earning her title as Guelph’s Kapellmeister and the orchestra is growing in leaps and bounds.” (Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Guelph Mercury)