A native of Russia, Lilia Khanina earned a Master’s Degree in Conducting and a Ph.D in Musicology from the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. During her study at the Conservatory she had advanced training as a choirmaster with the famous Bolshoi Theater Choir. Lilia has a large concert experience that includes conducting the Moscow Conservatory Students Choir, the Moscow Conservatory Musical College Choir, and Chamber Choir Renaissance. In 1996 she accepted a position of the Conductor and teacher of theoretical disciplines at the Music School Vesna. This school and its choir with which she has performed is notable for receiving numerous prestigious awards in international competitions in 12 countries.
After relocating to the US in 2003 she joined the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School where she worked as a Head Accompanist and did choral preparations for the Nutcracker. In 2007 she moved to Connecticut and started playing at the Ballet School of Stamford where she later became Music Director. She provided piano music for ballet classes at The New Haven Ballet, Connecticut Dance School, Ballet Etudes, and The Conservatory of Dance in the School of the Arts at Purchase College. In 2014 she joined the artistic staff of The Ballet Class.
Her articles and essays were published in Russian and British journals and books. She is the author of the book, Gian Carlo Menotti and His Operas (Moscow, Russia, 2011).