Internationally acclaimed pianist Polina Osetinskaya began her career at the age of five and was soon acclaimed as a wunderkind in the former Soviet Union. She gave her first concert at the age of six and entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory at the age of seven. Ms. Osetinskaya continued her studies at the Leningrad Conservatory with Marina Wolf and later at the Moscow Conservatory with Vera Gornostaeva.
Ms. Osetinskaya’s onstage chamber partners have included Maxim Vengerov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Julian Milkis, among others. She has worked with conductors who include Teodor Currentzis, Andrey Boreyko, Tugan Sokhiev, Laurent Petitgirard, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Alexander Sladkovsky. Ms. Osetinskaya has appeared with musicAeterna, Mariinsky Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Ms. Osetinskaya has performed at Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican Centre, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, as well as in Rome, Milan, Brussels, and Tokyo, and across the United States. She also appears at festivals in Europe, Russia, Mexico, and the United States. Ms. Osetinskaya has released recordings with the Quartz, Naxos, Sony Music, Bel-Aire, and Melodiya labels.
In recital, Ms. Osetinskaya is known for her unusual solo programs that include works by contemporary composers juxtaposed with classical repertoire. She is also at home with works by post–avant-garde composers such as Valentin Silvestrov, Leonid Desyatnikov, and Arvo Pärt. This season, she performs in Russian concert halls and festivals; presents two musical performances; records a new album. Her autobiography Farewell, Sadness—an account of her wunderkind years—is a bestseller.