Ilana Davidson savors the joy of singing repertoire from the Renaissance to world premieres. Her performances of Mahler's Fourth Symphony with Maestros Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya remain among her most cherished experiences. "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" by William Bolcom and conducted by Leonard Slatkin received four Grammy Awards, including Best Classical Album and Best Composition. In Europe, Ilana created the role of Cupido in Purcell's "King Arthur" in the Staatsoper Stuttgart production. In addition, she has sung with the Vlaamse Opera (BE), Ernst Krenek Festival in Vienna, Innsbruck Early Music Festival (AUS), and the Schwetzinger Festspiele in Legrenzi's first performance of "La Divisione del Mondo" since its premiere in the seventeenth century. In the Netherlands, she sang Susanna in "Le Nozze di Figaro," Erste Blumenmädchen in "Parsifal, " Chef der Gepopo in Ligeti's "Le Grand Macabre" as well as Amore in Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice."
In North America, Ilana has enjoyed several meaningful performances at Carnegie Hall, including Mahler's Second Symphony, "Mona Lisa" (Von Schillings), "From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79" (Shostakovich), "Der Diktator" (Krenek), and "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" (Bolcom). At Avery Fischer Hall and Alice Tully Hall, her performances have included Orff's "Trionfi di Afrodite" and Phillip Glass' "The Juniper Tree." Other highlights include Euridice and Amore in Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and L'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, respectively, and Mahler's Second Symphony in Québec.
Commercial recordings include works by Bolcom, Krenek, Weill, Zorn, Britten, Elwood, and more. Ilana was awarded first prize in the Mostly Mozart Competition of Philadelphia and was a Sullivan Foundation recipient. She also received a BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts.
Ilana received a Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is the heartbeat behind the Serenata Chamber Series, which fulfills a dream of bringing chamber music to intimate settings.
Ilana's passion for yoga and the healing arts runs deep. She received her yoga teacher training certification (RYT 200) in 2018 and has been an ambassador with a vegan skincare and wellness company since 2013. Recently, she has collaborated with a group of spiritually aligned musicians who come from different musical disciplines to form The KUMI Ensemble.