Oleksiy Baklan was born in Kiev in 1961 into a family of renowned soloist dancers with the Kiev Opera. In 1987, he graduated from the Kiev State Conservatory, where he studied conducting under Stefan Turchak. For his degree, he conducted Giselle at the Kiev Opera. Since then, he has been the resident conductor of the National Opera of Ukraine. From 1995 to 2008, he was the principal conductor of the Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre for Children, and became its Artistic Director four years ago. In 2009, he received the title of “People’s Artist of Ukraine.” He has been a guest conductor with the New National Theatre in Tokyo since 2007 and with the Corella Ballet (Spain) since 2010. Over the last few years, he has worked with the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamilton Ballet Orchestra (Canada), the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in Mexico City, the Orquesta de la Comunidad in Madrid, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia in Spain. His repertoire includes ballets such as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, A. Adam’s Giselle and Le Corsaire, L. Minkus’s Don Quixotte, La Bayadère and Paquita, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Peter and the Wolf, H. Levenshold’s La Sylphide, Khachaturian’s Spartacus, J. Strauss’s Viennese Waltz, Delibes’ Coppélia, Bizet and Schedrin’s Carmen Suite, as well as operas such as Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Traviata, Rimski-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Boito’s Mefistofele, and Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi. He has also conducted Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and several symphonic programs.