Polina - Piano Teacher, Performer, Accompanist

 
Polina Gerasimenko (MMus) was born and educated in Russia, where she graduated with distinction from one of the country's oldest music institutions, Saratov State Conservatoire of Music. She was taught by Prof. Nathan Benditsky In 1999-2004. His musical lineage goes back all the way to the legendary Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein, who taught Horowitz and Neuhaus, who in turn taught his father and teacher, Prof. Semyon Benditsky.

My students range from preschoolers to advanced pianists. Most of them receive high marks for their ABRSM exams. I have also successfully prepared students for competitions and conservatoire auditions. I also teach piano at the renowned Farnborough Sixth Form College.

I am a classically-trained Russian Concert Pianist and Teacher with 20 years of teaching and 27 years of performance experience. I am a winner of various Russian and international piano competitions.

In 1999-2004 I studied with Prof. Nathan Benditsky at the prestigious Saratov State Conservatoire in Russia. His musical lineage goes back all the way to the legendary Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein, who taught Horowitz and Neuhaus, who in turn taught his father and teacher, Prof. Semyon Benditsky.
 
Polina's current mentor is a renowned Russian concert pianist and Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music, Alexander Ardakov.
 
Polina has been performing extensively, both solo and as a chamber musician. Her various awards include recent prizes of the "Euterpe" International Piano Competition in Italy, the South Russia Chamber Music Competition (both as a duo partner and accompanist) and Diploma of Moscow International Piano Competition "In memory of P.Tchaikovsky". In summer 2011 she also won the title of Distinguished Pianist at the IBLA Grand Prize competition in Sicily.
 
In 2005 Polina moved to England where she is busy performing and teaching piano. In September 2009 Polina was accepted onto the prestigious Live Music Now! scheme.
 
Some of her recent concert appearances took place at Bateman Auditorium (Cambridge), Prospect Theatre (Farnborough Music Society), St Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Chelsmford Cathedral and Civic Theatre, St Olave's Church (London), St Michael at the North Gate (Oxford), Emmanuel United Reformed Church (Cambridge), All Saints' Church (Kingston upon Thames), Farnham United Reformed Church, St Jude's Church (Englefield Green), St Mary and St Giles Church (Stony Stratford), St Michael's Church (Lyme Regis), St Wilfrid's Church (Haywards Heath), Church-on-The-Heath (Fleet), Reading Minster and IBLA Foundation (Sicily).
 
Polina is a Piano Tutor at The Sixth Form College Farnborough. In September 2016 she has been invited to work with Fleet Choral Society as a Rehearsal and Concert Pianist. In March 2017 Polina received an invitation to perform a solo recital and give a masterclass at Charterhouse School in Surrey.