Polina Sergeevna NazaykinskayaPolina Sergeevna Nazaykinskaya was born in Togliatti, Russia, on January 20, 1987. She has been studying music professionally since the age of 4. She graduated with Honors from the Music Academic Gymnasium in Togliatti (Performance program in violin and flute) in 2004. In 2008 she graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory Music College as a violinist and composer. Currently she is a graduate student at the Yale School of Music (Composition Major). She is now studying Composition with Ezra Laderman and Christopher Theofanidis and violin with Kyung Hak Yu.

She has participated in numerous regional and international performance and composers competitions. She has also been awarded the Spivakov Foundation stipend for outstanding young musicians. In 2003 Nazaykinskaya received the First Prize for the best violin performance with a symphony orchestra in the regional Lagovskaya competition in Samara region, Russia. In 2006 she and her music partner became winners of the Dmitriy Shostakovich chamber music competition.

For the last few years Nazaykinskaya has focused primarily on composition. She is the winner of several composers competitions such as the Dmitriy Kabalevskiy Competition and the International Composers Competition named after Vyacheslav Zolotarev. Her music had been performed in number music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West (USA), the Classic music festival on the Volga River (Russia), the Cadiza Festival (Spain), and throughout Europe.

In 2008 she was included in the Golden Book of the Samara Region as an outstanding violinist and composer. In 2009 she was among the finalists of the ASCAP young composer’s competition and the Missouri New Music Festival. In the same year she participated as a composer in New Music Workshop at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival where she had a premiere of a new cycle of songs.

For the last year her music had been performed at music festivals such as the New Music New Haven and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She has also been teaching private lessons in composition and violin. During her first year at Yale she completed two successful projects for children for the Music in Schools Initiative program. She also has an experience in composing music for films.