Awarded a ‘Choc’ by French music magazine le Monde de la Musique, among others, for ‘her extraordinarily powerful and virtuosic playing’ and her ‘unique sensibility’, Russian pianist Polina Leschenko has worked with orchestras around the world including the Hallé, Russian National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Bern Symphony, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Orquesta de Euskadi, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Britten Sinfonia.
An accomplished and admired chamber musician, Polina Leschenko also performs frequently at many festivals such as Verbier, Salzburger Festspiele, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, La Roque d’Anthéron, International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, Stavanger, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Oxford, Risor, Istanbul, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Musiktage Mondsee, Schubertiade, Gstaad. Regular chamber music partners among others include Martha Argerich, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Ivry Gitlis, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Heinrich Schiff, Mischa Maisky and Torleif Thedéen.
Leschenko has performed in venues such as Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Köln Philharmonie, Wigmore hall, Cité de la Musique, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Tonhalle in Zürich, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.
Polina Leschenko was born in St Petersburg into a family of musicians, and began playing the piano under her father’s guidance at the age of six. Two years later she made her solo début with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra in St Petersburg. She studied with Sergei Leschenko, Vitali Margulis, Pavel Gililov, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky and Christopher Elton.