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Polina Fedotova 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".

Polina Fedotova's 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 feelings.

Polina Fedotova's 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".

The name of Victor Fedotov, an outstanding Russian conductor, one of the most eminent figures in the Russian culture, is well known among the music-lovers all over the world. The People's Artist of Russia, Professor Victor Fedotov is a brilliant representative of the St-Petersburg school.
Victor Fedotov was educated at St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, where he studied under Professor Ilya Musin. He graduated from the Orchestra Department in 1956 and the Department of Opera and Symphony Conducting in 1963. As a student, he already served as a conductor at the Conservatoire Opera Studio, performing The Mermaid by Dargomyzhsky, Evgeny Onegin and Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky and many others.
Since 1953 Victor Fedotov worked in the Mariinsky Orchestra as a member-artist. In 1963 he made his debut there as a conductor with Carmen by Bizet. He performed it by heart, without the scores; since then, maestro Fedotov kept the tradition of conducting by heart during all his career.
All his artistic life was bound with the Mariinsky Theatre. An excellently educated musician, possessing phenomenal memory and marvelous capacity for work, he soon became one of the leading conductors of the Mariinsky Theatre. In 1964 together with Konstantin Sergeyev he took part in staging of the new version of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella. Later he worked with Natalia Kasatkina, Vladimir Vasiliev, Oleg Vinogradov and other prominent ballet-masters.
During his work at the theatre the conductor's repertoire totaled over 60 classical operas and ballets. He performed all ballets by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, ballets by Glazunov, Minkus, Asafiev, Glier, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Petrov, other composers. His opera repertoire included works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Bizet, Wagner, Verdi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shebalin, Uspensky.
Since 1964 he started touring abroad. His first tour was with the Mariinsky Theatre to the USA and Canada. Later on, he toured as a guest conductor and musical director of new performances in major opera houses of the world. Since 1966, he regularly worked in the Royal Covent Garden Theatre in London. In 1967, he staged Evgeny Onegin by Tchaikovsky in Germany with the Dresden Staads Orchestra and famous singers Vladimir Atlantov, Boris Shtokolov and Irina Bogacheva as soloists.
He performed in the Metropolitan-Opera, Grand Opera, Royal Theatre in Sweden, New State National Theatre in Tokyo and many others.
Victor Fedotov appeared also as a symphonic conductor. Since 1965 he played with the world-famous Leningrad Philharmony Orchestra (Evgeny Mravinsky's orchestra), Royal Orchestra of Covent Garden in London, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Vienna Theatre, Liceo of Barcelona, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Japanese NHK, Tokyo Philharmony Orchestra and many others. Every year he participated in the important music festival Music Spring in Leningrad and did a lot to revive an imperial theatre tradition of symphony nights in Mariinsky. In 1973, a symphony concert commemorating Sergei Rachmaninov's centenary was held on the initiative of Victor Fedotov and under his conductorship.
He made lots of recordings for CDs, radio and TV in Russia and abroad.
His interpretations were highly appraised by the press. "For the connoisseur of Tchaikovsky the opportunity to hear how the score of the Sleeping Beauty was read by Victor Fedotov represents pleasure both extremely rare and really fascinating", a Daily Telegraph critic wrote. "The Orchestra under Victor Fedotov with his precise and broad gesture, has transferred with a rare transparency all the charm of music by Rimsky-Korsakov", the Powery-ecko newspaper observed in 1974. Sunday Telegraph wrote that "…a great skill of the conductor Victor Fedotov in possession of the orchestra and his amazing consolation with the musicians… became a practical lesson, how to conduct…"
Maestro Fedotov prepared and staged quite a number of contemporary performances, many of them were world premieres. The composers he worked with paid a high tribute to his professionalism, his enthusiasm in work. Andrei Petrov, a famous composer, wrote about Victor Fedotov: "I had an opportunity to value many remarkable qualities of this conductor… he always works very enthusiastically… besides, he has a gift of "seeing" the music, not only hearing it; even during the proof rehearsals, it sounds for him very theatrically and expressively". Andrei Petrov's ballet Creation of the World, one of the most popular Russian ballets in the end of the century, was staged under the directorship of Maestro Fedotov in 1971. Julia Makhalina, a famous ballerina and a star of the Mariinsky Theater, said: “I will always admire Maestro Fedotov. I dance under his musical directorship since 14; I am sure that all performances he conducts are always successful.”
Victor Fedotov was a professor of St. Petersburg Conservatoire, gave master classes in Russia and abroad. Many of his pupils work successfully at musical theatres and symphony orchestras all over the world.
Victor Fedotov worked for Lenfilm Film Studio. With his participation, music for dozens of films of various cinema genres was recorded. In 1993 the film director Oleg Yeryshev made a film dedicated to Victor Fedotov and his children - talented musicians Polina and Maxim Fedotovs ("I live within Music, it is by Music that I live" - the Fedotovs").
He was awarded the highest in Russia honorary title for artists: People's Artist of Russian Federation. Since 1996, he was a member of the Petrovskaya (Peter) Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, he got the Evening Standard award for outstanding achievements in classical music performing. One of the small planets of the Solar System was called “Fedotov” in his honor.

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