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, forming one half of the flute-piano ensemble Duo Rusalka and 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; in March of 2017, she was invited to give a recital with soprano Kimberley Lynch as part of a new series for emerging singers entitled, ‘Les Soirées Lyriques’ at Bar Terminal, featuring works by Poulenc, Rodrigo, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov. In June of 2017, Polina returned to her solo roots with a concert of works by Haydn, Bach, and Brahms at St. George’s Anglican Church in Montreal before heading to Weimar as an apprentice-répétiteur at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. In the fall of 2017, she was the recipient of the Canada's Council's Professional Development Grant. 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.