Polina Gubnitskaia is a classical pianist based in Montreal, QC. She was born in Moscow and completed her training both privately in her home state of Florida and at the University of Montréal under the guidance of Professor Jimmy Brière. Polina performs in both solo and collaborative settings, most recently accompanying opera singers in opera productions and art song recitals. Her accompaniment of the Halifax Summer Opera Festival’s 2015 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon was described as ‘outstanding’ by Opera Canada Magazine. Polina is an engaging performer who believes that speaking and connecting with audiences is key to keeping classical music relevant to the modern public. As a finalist in Montreal’s Bourse Kaleidoscope in 2014, she had the chance to develop this skill by performing excerpts from a lecture recital devoted to the Prélude and its evolution throughout the centuries. Polina often performs outside of traditional concert venues - she holds a monthly residency at Montreal's Bar Bily Kun - Soirée Classique, where she performs solo piano works, and in the summer of 2019 was invited to perform in several outdoor concert series in Montreal, including CAPP Montreal’s Apéro Piano series at Place Genevilliers-Laliberté. Polina released her first recording, featuring solo and voice-piano duo works by Robert Schumann, in the spring of 2018. The recording features a collaboration with soprano Kimberley Lynch and was featured on Montreal’s Radio Classique radio station as part of La Plage Musicale. Previously on staff as a pianist at both the Lachine International Vocal Academy and the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, Polina continued her work as a vocal accompanist this summer as a repetiteur at the AIMS in Graz festival in Austria. Polina’s varied musical interests allow her to enjoy a wide range of professional experiences while building an eclectic body of solo and collaborative répertoire.