Internationally acclaimed pianist Polina Osetinskaya began her career at the age of 6 and was soon acclaimed as a wunderkind in the former Soviet Union at the same time as contemporary Maxim Vengerov.
At age 7, she entered the Central School of Music of the Moscow Conservatoire and later continued her studies at the Leningrad Conservatoire under the teacher Marina Wolf and later on at the Moscow Conservatory under the famous Vera Gornostaeva.
Osetinskaya has performed on most major stages, including Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Barbican Center and Rome’s Teatro Argentina, as well as in Italy, Germany, Poland, United States, Russia and Israel. She has appeared with music Aeterna, Mariinsky Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. This season, she will perform with Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova. Osetinskaya has worked with conductors such as Teodor Currentzis, Andrei Boreyko, Tugan Sokhiev, Laurent Petijerar, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Alexander Sladkovsky.
In recital, Osetinskaya is known for her experimental programs, including works by contemporary composers and juxtaposing them with traditional classical works. She is also very much at home with the post-avant-garde composers such as Valentin Silvestrov Leonid Desyatnikov and Arvo Pärt, to name but a few, and presented a few projects as an actress and pianist at the same time.
She has collaborated with many recording companies including Quartz, Naxos, Sony Music, Bel Air and Melodiya.
Osetinskaya has been awarded the Maly Triumph Prize and wrote her autobiography Farewell, Sadness, an account of her childhood years, which became a best seller.
In 2023-2024, Osetinskaya makes several solo debuts at the Berlin Philharmonic, the National Gallery London and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg in unaccompanied Bach. She will also perform in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Cyprus, the United States and South America. She returns to Carnegie Hall in duo recital with Maxim Vengerov.
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