Born in Togliatti, Russia, Polina has been studying music since the age of four, and composed her first large-scale work at 14. She went on to create music for both chamber and full orchestras, as well as art songs, film music, a musical theater works, an opera, and, most recently, her first symphony, April Song. Polina has received many national and international awards, including the Charles Ives Scholarship from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, while her music received laudatory reviews from the press, including the New York Times. Polina's music has been performed by the Russian National Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Olaf Philharmonia, the US Army Orchestra, the Hermitage Orchestra and chorus. Polina has collaborated with top conductors, including Osmo Vänskä, Teodor Currentzis, Fabio Mastrangelo, and Hannu Lintu.

Polina has received a music education both in Russia and the United States. She graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory College in Moscow, with concentrations in both composition, under Konstantin Batashov, and violin. Polina then continued her studies of composition at the Yale School of Music with Christopher Theofanidis and Ezra Laderman, graduated with honors, and is now completing her Doctorate in Composition at the CUNY Graduate Center with Tania León. Polina is also a Teaching Artist at the New York Philharmonic Composers Bridge Program and an Adjunct Lecturer of Composition at Brooklyn College Conservatory. 

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2017
Jan
4
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St.
Berkeley, CA
A Glimpse of Hope for solo piano
Ensemble for These Times 
Jan
17
Old St. Mary's Cathedral
660 California St.
 San Francisco, CA
A Glimpse of Hope for solo piano
Ensemble for These Times
Jan
21
Crouse-Hinds Theater
411 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY
Winter Bells
Symphoria Orchestra
Feb
24
Stuart, FL
Chasing Light for piano and percussion
(World Premiere) 
Lindsay Garritson and Ian Rosenbaum
Feb
25
Blake Library
Stuart, FL
Chasing Light for piano and percussion 
Lindsay Garritson and Ian Rosenbaum
Feb
26
Vero Beach Museum
Vero Beach, FL
Chasing Light for piano and percussion 
Lindsay Garritson and Ian Rosenbaum
Apr
2
Central Lutheran Church
333 South 12th St., Minneapolis, MN
Symphony No. 1 April Song
(World Premiere)
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Apr
19
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC
Haim, and Theresienstadt
Sound Impact
Aug
10
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Bronx NY
Yesterday Is No More
Aug
15
Togliatti Philharmonic Togliatti, Russia
Symphony N.1" II.Adagio
Oct
5
Togliatti Philharmonic
Togliatti, Russia
Winter Morning and Christmas Whirl
Oct
11
Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Bayside, NY
Five romances after Alexander Blok
Oct
22
Tenafly Library
Tenafly, NJ
Yesterday Is No More
Nov
11
C.BECHSTEIN Hall
Hong Kong
"A Glimpse of Hope" for piano solo
Nov
15
Elebash Hall
New York City
Theresienstadt
Nov
18
Scriabin Museum
Moscow, Russia
Yesterday Is No More
Nov
28
Composer's House
St. Petersburg, Russia
After Akhmatova
Dec
16
OPERA America
New York, NY
Dances of Memory for cello and piano
(World Premiere)
2018
May
26
Samper Recital Hall
Aptos, CA
Hope, A violin solo in memory of David Arben (World Premiere)
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