is an exceptionally interesting musician, whose concerts always attract true
lovers of piano music. Her performances lack self-advertisement; they are marked
with a wonderful sense of style and fine taste. Her brilliant virtuosity does
not overshadow rich emotions and profoundness of her interpretations.
Music surrounded Miss
Fedotova from the very first days. Her father - an outstanding conductor Victor
Fedotov - worked at the Mariinsky Theater in St.Petersburg for almost fifty
years, conducted ballet performances in the world's best theatres.
Polina studied at the
St. Petersburg Conservatoire secondary school in the class of an eminent
pedagogue V. Kunde. Later, she continued her education at the Moscow Tchaikovsky
Conservatoire under professor Yevgeni Malinin, a famous pianist; she went on to
post graduate course with professor Valeri Kastelsky. Both professors brought
her up in the traditions of romantic school of Henry Neighaus. The beautiful
"singing" touche that critics always appreciated in Polina's performances is one
of the most characteristic features of the Russian piano school.
At the age of 13, she
became a prize-winner of the International youth competition Concertino-Prague
(2nd prize). Later she participated in other prestigious competitions: Sergei
Rachmaninov Competiton in Moscow, where she was awarded a diploma, and Musica di
camera in Italy (3rd prize). In 1992, she was the winner of Frederic Chopin
International Piano Competition in Palma di Mallorca (1st prize and Gold Medal).
A Spanish newspaper "Actualle" highly appraised performances of the young
competitor from Russia: "Polina Fe-dotova has the real power and strength of the
Russian piano school, which allows her to transmit all the subtlety of dynamics
of the great Polish composer".
repertoire is wide: Tchaikovsky and Bach, Rachmaninov and Beethoven, Mozart and
Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Ravel. Miss
Fedotova likes monographic programs. While preparing to such programs, she
plunges into the "inner world" of the composer’s soul, emotional and
intellectual. Her interpretations reveal the secrets of the composers'
creations, fascinating the listeners with their high expression and deep
concert life is very active and interesting. She is a soloist of the Moscow
Philharmony and gives concerts in Russia and abroad. In 1999, she was awarded
the important title of the Honoured Artist of Russian Federation. Since 1996,
Polina Fedotova teaches piano at the Moscow Conservatoire.
"Music educates the
human soul, says Polina Fedotova, and I would be happy to know that beautiful
ideals of art that are so dear to me since my early childhood, would be
preserved in the creative activity of my pupils".