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 theaters.
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 Yevgeny 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
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 Fedotova 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
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".