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Alina Polyakov

Alina Polyakov

Instructor of Piano

M.A. Gnessin’s Conservatory of Music
Ph.D. Gnessin’s Conservatory of Music

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Alina Polyakov teaches applied piano at Gordon. She was born in the Ukraine in the former Soviet Union, and holds both master’s and doctoral degrees from the Gnessin’s Conservatory in Moscow. Her principal teachers were Emil Gilels, Yuri Petrov and Leonid Brumberg. Ms. Polyakov has performed with the Gnessin’s Conservatory Orchestra and has performed extensively in the former Soviet Union. Her performance experience also encompasses solo recitals and orchestral appearances, chamber music, and recital accompaniment throughout the United States and Europe.

In 1989, Dr. Polyakov immigrated to the United States. She has served on the faculty of Gordon College, Atlantic Union College and the Boston Conservatory, and has directed piano master classes at the Vienna Conservatory and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She performed with the New England String Ensemble with Federico Cortese at Jordan Hall and in 2008 performed Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Gordon Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Buswell. She played at the Rockport Music Festival in a duo piano recital with Mia Chung.

Dr. Polyakov intensively performs with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Harvard University, Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, and the Tsai Center at Boston University. She has performed solo recitals at Brandeis University and Gordon College and has performed at the Goethe Institute. Ms. Polyakov’s performances have been aired throughout metropolitan Boston on WGBH Radio 89.7 and WHDH-TV. 

As a member of the Rachmaninov Trio, Dr. Polyakov performs extensively throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. The trio has performed at such venues as Hutchenson’s Hall, the Royal Academy of Music and St. Andrews University. The Glasgow Herald wrote: “It was Polyakov’s unpretentious virtuosity that seemed to bind the trio together. Her playing was generous and masterful, never dominating the ensemble, never holding back when it mattered.”