Valeriya Polunina, from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is in her first year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Ms. Polunina served as a rehearsal pianist in the Juilliard Opera’s 2015 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute conducted by David Stern and as a rehearsal pianist for Juilliard’s 2016 biannual Gala (Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”) conducted by Alan Gilbert. She was vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for Juilliard’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Gary Thor Wedow.
Ms. Polunina has also served as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist at Crested Butte Music Festival, for the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program for Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Her recital engagements this past season included concerts with soprano Sophia Fomina in London at The Travellers Club and the Tchaikovsky Competition Winners’ Recital, hosted by Valery Gergiev at Carnegie Hall.
In the summer of 2014, Valeriya performed in the Miami Summer Music Festival, playing continuo in the production of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Michael Rossi, and serving as a vocal coach. Ms. Polunina has also been an active participant of prestigious festivals and summer courses such as the Solti Peretti Répétiteurs course 2015, Tel-Hai International Piano Festival, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival. During the Solti Peretti residency in Venice, Italy Ms. Polunina had the privilege of playing under the baton of Richard Bonynge and closely worked with Jonathan Papp.
Valeriya Polunina made her orchestral debut at the age of 15 with Russia’s renowned BACH Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Polunina received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Gnessin’s Academy of Music in Moscow, her Professional Diploma in Piano Solo Performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts, and her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at The Juilliard School.