The music of an award-winning composer Polina Nazaykinskaya has become a staple of orchestral, chamber and solo repertory in the United States, Russia, and Europe. Her first symphonic poem “Winter Bells” is in high demand every season by orchestras such as the Minnesota Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra among others. In 2022-2023 concert season Polina's orchestral music will be performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra and New Britain Symphony Orchestra. In April 2023 Ms. Nazaykinskaya’s new ballet “They Shut Me Up in Prose” will be premiered at the Gerald Lynch Theater in New York. In July 2023 Ms. Nazaykinskaya’s new chamber opera “Her New Home” will premiered at the Garth Newel Center.  2021-2022 season highlights included the premiere of two new ballets “The Rising” and “Encounters,” performed by the San Francisco Ballet and MorDance in New York City.

Polina’s collaborators include internationally renowned choreographers Pascal Rioult, Yuri Possokhov, Jonah Bokaer, Morgan McEwen and Ulyana Bochernikova. Polina works closely with the world’s leading conductors, such as Osmo Vänskä, Teodor Currentzis, Fabio Mastrangelo, Sarah Hicks, Toshiyuki Shimada, Lawrence Loh, and Hannu Lintu. Polina’s compositions are actively performed by internationally acclaimed soloists such as trombonist R. Douglas Wright, violinist Elena Korzhenevich, and pianist Anton Nel.

With her larger chamber music works, Polina frequently turns to the tragedy of humanity’s collective history, in particular the Holocaust. Her work “Haim”, is performed annually around the world and has become an important ensemble composition of the second decade of the 21st century.

Starting Fall 2021 Polina is named the Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor of the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras. Prior to her current position, she has led The British Youth Music Theatre, RIOULT Dance NY, The University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra, and The Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Over the past decade, Polina formed a creative alliance with an award-winning pianist and librettist Konstantin Soukhovetski, with whom they have premiered many works of diverse genres, from solo piano to ballets. Currently, they are working on an opera, commissioned by Opera Mississippi to commemorate the company’s 75th anniversary and to be premiered in 2023.

Polina’s musical language embodies the diversity of multi-cultural education. She graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory College in Moscow as a composition/violin double major, studying with Konstantin Batashov and Vladimir Ivanov, respectively. Polina earned her Masters' and Artist Diploma in composition at the Yale School of Music with Christopher Theofanidis and Ezra Laderman. Currently, Polina is a Doctorate Candidate at The Graduate Center CUNY under the mentorship of Tania León. Many of Polina’s honors and awards include Charles Ives Scholarship from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.


Polina is an Adjunct Lecturer of Composition at Brooklyn College Conservatory and a Teaching Artist at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven.

A selection of Polina's music
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Calendar
2021-22
Jan
5
Moscow Philharmonic
Moscow, Russia
“A Winter Morning" for piano solo
Feb
21
Saugerties Pro Musica
Saugerties, NY
“Songs for Tasya" for piano trio world-premiere
Feb
26
Belarusian Philharmonic
Chamber Hall
“Anticipation, Summer Rain, Remembrance" for piano solo
Feb
28
Belarusian Philharmonic
Minsk, Belarus
“Nostalghia" for piano, clarinet and string orchestra
May
27
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Kremlin
“Rondo for our times" for alto saxophone and piano
Jul
10
Bowdoin International Music Festival
Brunswick, ME
“A glimpse of hope" for piano solo
Oct
7
Jaani Kirik
Saint-Petersburg, Russia
“Reverse Perspective" Russian premiere
Oct
8
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Moscow, Russia
“Reverse Perspective" Russian premiere
Oct
17
Chapel at the First Church Cambridge, MA
“5 Caprices" for violin solo
Oct
23
The Garde Arts Center  
New London, CT
“Fenix" for symphony orchestra
Nov
7
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall
Seattle, WA
“Haim" for string quartet, piano, clarinet and narrator
Nov
21
Tsaritsyno Museum,
Moscow, Russia
“Reverse Perspective" for alto saxophone and piano
Nov
25
Perm State University,
Perm, Russia
Vocal cycles, chamber music, solo music
Nov
27
Tolstoy Museum
Moscow, Russia
Vocal cycles, violin solo caprices, piano solo pieces
Dec
11
Clemens Center
Elmira, NY
"The Tales of Sorrow" for symphony orchestra world-premiere
Jan
8
The Mahaffey Theater  
St. Petersburg, FL
“Winter Bells " for symphony orchestra
Jan
9
Ruth Eckerd Hall  Clearwater, FL
“Winter Bells" for symphony orchestra
Jan
30
Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
Salina, KS
“Fenix " for symphony orchestra
Feb
6
Zaryadye Concert Hall
Moscow, Russia
“Skazka Skazok" for children's choir
Feb
13
University of Texas
Austin, TX
“Nostalghia" for piano, clarinet and string orchestra
Mar
24
War Memorial Opera House
San-Francisco Ballet
San-Francisco, CA
“The Rising" ballet world-premiere
Apr
29
Mordance  
New York, NY
“Encounters" ballet world-premiere
Apr
30
Mordance  
New York, NY
“Encounters" ballet world-premiere
May
8
Chiarina Chamber Players
Washington D.C.
“Haim" for string quartet, clarinet and piano
May
8
Portland Youth Philharmonic
Portland, OR
“Symphony N.1" for symphony orchestra
Jun
17
Taneycomo Festival Orchestra
Branson, MO
“Fenix" for symphony orchestra
Aug
11
Del Mar International Composers Symposium
Del Mar, CA
Selected piano works
Aug
13
Del Mar International Composers Symposium
Del Mar, CA
“Tear Down This Wall"selected scenes
Sep
20
Torenlaan Theater
Torenlaan, Netherlands
“Waltz-Noir"for saxophone and piano
Sep
30
Vacaville Museum
Vacaville, CA
“Songs for Tasya"for piano trio
Oct
‍8
Olmsted Theatre at
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY
“Encounters" ballet
Oct
9
Olmsted Theatre at
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY
“Encounters" ballet
Oct
14
The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
La Jolla, CA
“Nostalghia" version for two pianos
Oct
14
De Waalse Kerk
Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Waltz-Noir"for saxophone and piano
Nov
‍5
Martha Graham Studios
New York, NY
“They Shut Me Up In Prose" ballet (work-in-progress showcase)
Nov
‍6
New York Live Arts
New York, NY
“If I had one more day" ballet
Jan
14
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Pensacola Symphony  Orchestra
Pensacola, FL
“Winter Bells" for symphony orchestra
Jan
25
Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota, MN
“Winter Bells" for symphony orchestra
Jan
26
Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota, MN
“Winter Bells" for symphony orchestra
Jan
29
Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota, MN
“Winter Bells" for symphony orchestra
TBA
TBA
“Tear Down This Wall" world-premiere
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