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Aleksandr Polyakov, Ukranian-American pianist and conductor, is rapidly establishing an
international reputation for his remarkable virtuosity, command of sonority and communicative
The winner of more than 20 international competitions, his notable prizes include 3rd prize at the 9th
International Liszt Competition (Netherlands), 2nd prize at the 6th International Liszt Competition
(Germany), 1st prize at the Steinway Society Competition in Boston, 3rd prize at the 7th International
Competition in memory of V. Horowitz in Kyiv, and 5th prize at the World Piano Competition in
His numerous concerto performances include the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under Jaap van
Zweden, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under Volodymyr Sirenko and Allin Vlasenko,
and the Weimar Staatskapelle under Stefan Solyom. In the United States he gave 9 performances of
the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Ballet Orchestra under Mischa Santora, and has
multiple performances with the Brockton and Newton Symphonies with James Orent.
Polyakov has performed in major venues of the United States, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Germany,
Norway, Estonia, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia and Brazil. He enjoys giving
lecture-recitals, and appears often on television and radio broadcasts. “Technical difficulties seem to
disappear under his hands” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and “he has the tremendous virtuosity of
Martha Argerich” (Nordbayerischer Kuriernotes).
In addition to his work as a pianist, Polyakov has an international conducting career. He has worked
with 17 orchestras as a guest conductor, frequently leading opera productions and collaborating with
vocalists. He recently conducted performances of Puccini's La Boheme and Bizet's Carmen in Romania.
In Ukraine, he has performed both Liszt Concertos and Beethoven’s Emperor while conducting from
the keyboard. He has participated in conducting masterclasses with Ricardo Muti and Paavo Jarvi.
Polyakov has released two acclaimed compact discs, the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 with the
Internationale Junge Orchesterakademie under the baton of Miguel Gomez-Martinez, and an all-Liszt
solo disc including the B minor Sonata and other solo works and the Concerto No. 2 with the
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under Jaap von Zweden.
An active chamber musician, he has appeared at festivals including Peter de Grote (Netherlands),
Bayreuther Osterfesivals (Germany), Piano Festival in Schloss Schilingsfurst (Germany), Chamber
Music Festival Polvdiv (Bulgaria) , Summit Music Festival (US), the major festivals of Ukraine, IKIF (US),
and the Serie Virtuoses de Musica (Brazil).
Polyakov is also a dedicated and sought-after pedagogue. He serves on the piano faculty of the
Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and has taught at Music Fest Perugia and given master classes in the
U.S., China and Europe. He often incorporates modern technologies in his teaching.
Aleksandr Polyakov was born in Kyiv, and studied piano performance and orchestral conducting at the
Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, where his teachers were Boriys Arkhimovych and
Tatiana Roschina (piano) and Allin Vlasenko (conducting). He also studied for six
years with Michael Lewin at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, earning the Artist Diploma.
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