Pianist Tania Tachkova has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe.
Her performances have taken her to numerous venues which include the Wiener Saal at Mozarteum (Salzburg), Centro de Bellas Artes and Museo del Arte (San Juan), the National Palace of Culture and the Great Bulgaria Hall (Sofia), and Harris Hall (Aspen). She has been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra of the State Academy of Music (Sofia), Shoumen Philharmonic, Razgrad Philharmonic, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Ms. Tachkova is a staunch advocate of contemporary music and is a recipient of many awards, grants and scholarships. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television including WQXR and Bulgarian National Television. Ms. Tachkova received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2006.
Born in Siberia, Luba Poliak was eleven years old when she first appeared with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1990, she emigrated to Israel, where she continued her studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv. She studied in Brussels and in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music where she earned a Master's Degree with Honors. She completed her doctorate in May 2008 at SUNY–Stony Brook.
Her teachers have included Michael Boguslawsky, Gabriel Chodos, Patricia Zander and Gilbert Kalish. Ms. Poliak has participated in master classes given by Leon Fleisher, Andras Schiff, Murray Perahia, Joseph Kalichstein, Bella Davidovich, Misha Dichter and others. She has performed in Russia, Israel, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Australia. Ms. Poliak has received numerous grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and was a fellow at the Aspen and Verbier Music Festivals as well as at the exclusive "German for Singers and Vocal Coaches" program at Middlebury College. In 2003, she was invited to join the staff of the Bowdoin Music Festival. After winning the SUNY -Stonybrook Concerto Competition in 2004, Ms. Poliak performed the Ravel G Major Concerto with the Stony Brook Symphony, conducted by David Stern. Ms. Poliak is a faculty member of 92nd Street Y, the Closter Music Academy and a very active soloist and chamber musician. Recent performances include solo recitals at the Roerich Museum in New York, Fort Hays University, Hays, Kansas and at Middlebury College, Vermont; a violin and piano recital at the Embassy Concert Series in Washington, DC, as well as numerous appearances with various chamber music ensembles in New York City and Long Island. Luba Poliak was a guest artist and teacher at the Summer Piano Camp 08 that was hosted by the Fort Hays University and staff member of the 2008 Heifetz International Music Institute in Maine.
This is part of the 92Y School of Music Faculty Concert Series. All concerts are free of charge and held in the Weill Art Gallery.