Russian born pianist Polina Ushakova gives recitals at prestigious venues such as Gasteig in München, Carnegie Hall in New York, Musiikkitalo in Helsinki, and Salle Cortot in Paris.
She made her debut as a soloist at the age of 10 at Kremlin Concert Hall at the Rostropovich Philharmonic. In 2013 her interpretation of the Liszt Concerto in E flat major under the baton of Ari Rasilainen with the Basel Symphony Orchester was assessed by critics as a mature, outstanding performance. In 2017, she was invited to open the New York Piano Festival at the DiMenna Center, performing Bach Concerto in D minor conducted by Guerguan Tsenov. For the past eight years, she has given numerous solo and chamber concerts and has been invited to festivals in the United States, Russia, Finland, Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland.
Polina won a notable amount of music competitions. Her successes include Grand Prizes in Val Tidone Piano Competition (IT), Suisse concours national du jura (CH), Münchner Klavierpodium Wettbewerb (DE), second-prize with the special Karl Heinz Kämmerling Award by the Grotrian Steinweg Wettbewerb (DE), V Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition (Poland) and Nicati-de-Luze Competition (CH). She won first prizes in the Kiefer Hablitzel Music Competition (CH), Adilia Alieva Concours International Musical Annemasse Genève (FR/CH), Belgrad International Piano Competition (RS), New Century Talents Competition (RU), as well as Fritz Gerber Award (CH) and Clavarte Foundation Award (DE).
She collected two top prizes at the inaugural New York Piano Competition (USA), winning
the Virtuoso Award as well as the first-prize.
Polina is obtaining her Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste
at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and received Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees
with Honours from the Basel Academy of Music in Switzerland after studying
at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Hochschule der Künste Freiburg, Germany.
She has studied with Nataly Fish, Matti Raekallio,
Vitaly Berson, Adrian Oetiker, Vovka Ashkenazy, and Marian Rybicki.
«Imaginative performance, its sound conveys the entire spectrum of color shades. That's a reflection of this fascinating natural condition of synesthesia, which made her associate musical notes with colours...»
– Homero Francesch, pianist
«Crystalline clarity, elegance and sparkling diamond piano playing»
– Marcus Vitolo, Music Critic
«Leggerissima. Polina Ushakova offre subito un’impressione di grande leggerezza e fragilità. Eppure si tratta di una delle più promettenti e volitive virtuose della sua generazione.»
– Ufficio stampa, Palermo Classica