Polina Sasko

Was born into a family of musicians. Graduated from the Mykola Lysenko Kyiv Specialized Music School, studied with Iryna Barinova and Professor Nataliia Tolpyho. She is a graduate of the Ukrainian National Academy of Music (class of Professor Tetiana Roschyna) and the Graz University of Music and Theater Arts in Austria (class of Professor Milana Cherniavska).

She is currently an associate professor at the Piano Institute of the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts.

In 2023, she made her debut on Medici TV in the program “Dedication to Horowitz”. This special event took place in Geneva the day before the final of the Horowitz Competition Kyiv – Geneva. The joint project of the VERE MUSIC FUND and the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) brought together famous Ukrainian pianists, Horowitz Competition winners of different years.

Polina is an active concert artist. In 2017, she made a brilliant debut at the Stefaniensaal in Graz with the orchestra conducted by Maestro Patrick Lange. The pianist regularly performs at such renowned festivals as the VP Bank Classic Festival (Switzerland), the Arsonore Festival (Austria), the Olive Classic Festival (Croatia), the Note d’arte Festival (Italy), the Dabube Festival (Germany), the Erlebe SOL (Liechtenstein), Bouquet Kyiv Stage and Kyiv Music Fest (Ukraine).

She has recordings of piano works by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Hennadii Sasko in the funds of the National Radio of Ukraine.

The pianist took part in master classes by famous piano professors: Claudio Martínez Mehner, Arie Vardi, Klaus Hellwig, Yurii Kot, Sofya Gulyak, and Grigory Gruzman.

Polina regularly performs in ensembles with well-known musicians such as Dominik Wagner (double bass), Diana Adamyan (violin), Clara Shen (violin), Philipp Schupelius (cello), Anna-Maria Palii (soprano), and Dmytro Choni (piano).

The pianist has a wide solo and chamber repertoire. In 2013, she presented the premiere of the piano cycle “Retroludes” by Ukrainian composer Svyatoslav Lunev, and in 2020, the premiere of the vocal cycle “Stanzas from Faceted Jasper” by her grandfather Hennadii Sasko. The pianist also has in her repertoire works by many contemporary composers, including Oleh Bezborodko, Hanna Havrylets, Jean-Frederic Neuburger, Hao-Fu Zhang, Toshio Hosokawa, and András Gelléri.

Polina has received numerous awards at many international piano competitions. Among them are the XXII Premio Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Piano Competition (2019, Italy), the III Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition (2019, Japan), the IX Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial International Piano Competition (2018, Serbia), the Fausto Zadra International Piano Competition (2020, Italy), the Windsor International Piano Competition (2020, online edition), and the XXI Stefano Marizza International Piano Competition (2017, Italy).

Polina receives grant support from the VERE MUSIC FUND.

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