Russian-American pianist and vocal coach Valeria Polunina currently performs as an accompanist in collaboration with prominent artists throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia.
A participant at the Solti Peretti Répétiteurs course in Italy, Mrs. Polunina has been engaged by and held positions at some of the world’s leading organizations: from 2017 she has been a member of the faculty at the Bolshoi Theater Opera's Young Artist Program; guest vocal coach at the Mariinsky Theater Opera’s Atkins Young Artist Program; from 2018 until 2020 Head of Music Staff for Luzerner Theater in Switzerland; from 2020 Staff Pianist for Oper Köln in Germany.
In 2017 together with Rene Kirspuu Valeria founded her recital series in Tallinn, Estonia where she recruits and performs with the world's leading singers and instrumentalists.
Valeria has appeared on major television and radio stations including Good Morning America, WQXR , and WXEL Radio. Valeria has performed in recital at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition First Prize Winners’ Recital at Carnegie Hall hosted by Valeriy Gergiev and Marilyn Horne Song Celebration Concert at Carnegie Hall.
Mrs. Polunina received her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at the Juilliard School and she is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.