October Concert Guest Artist
Ukrainian pianist Oleksandr Poliykov was born in Kiev in 1988. He began his piano studies at the age of three, and gave his first performance with orchestra at the age of eight. As a young boy he studied in Kiev’s Lysenko Special Music School. His special gifts were recognized by the Ukranian government, which supported his musical studies and awarded him the Presidential Scholarship. He has also been awarded grants from the Vladimir Spivakov and Vladimir Krajnev Foundations. Before he was 18, he had already won 15 International Competitions and participated in many festivals. He gave many recitals in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Italy. He has appeared as soloist with all of the major Ukrainian orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under V. Sirenko,
the Philharmonic Orchestra in Kiev under N. Dyadyura, the Philharmonic Orchestra in Chernivzi under J. Sozanskij, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Vinniza under M.Sukach. He also played Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Austrian conductor Kurt Schmidt. In 2005, he entered the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, where he has just finished his Bachelor’s Degree. He has had masterclasses with E.Tkach, A. Skavrondskyy, N. Shtarkman, V. Rudenko, Leslie Howard, Ilana Vered, Enrique Graf and Misha Dichter.
In 2007, Oleksandr moved to the United States to become a student of Michael Lewin at The Boston Conservatory. He is now a Junior, winning the Conservatory’s Alfred Lee Scholarship in both of his first two years.
Since beginning his studies in Boston three years ago, he has achieved remarkable success. He has won a number of important competition prizes - the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev (3rd prize), the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (5th prize), and 1st prize in the Steinway Society Competition in Boston. Several months ago he won the second prize at the International Liszt competition Bayreuth-Weimar, earning him recital and concerto appearances in Germany. Recent Boston-area recitals include the Newton Library, the Chromatic Club, Temple Mishkin Tefilah, Steinert Hall, Fox Hill Village and the Boston Conservatory. In 2008, he participated in the MusicFest Perugia in Italy, where he performed the Mozart Piano Concerto K.488 with I Solisti Perugia. In October 2010 he will perform both the Liszt Piano Concertos in one evening with the Newton Symphony under James Orent.
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