Schubert Fantasy in F minor D940
Schumann Bilder aus Osten op.66
Brahms Waltzes op.39
Barber Souvenirs op.28
Pianist Tania Tachkova has been praised by critics for performances that are “white-hot” and “very impressive.”
She has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe at prestigious venues such as the Wiener Saal at Mozarteum (Austria), Centro de Bellas Artes and Museo del Arte (Puerto Rico), Harris Hall (Aspen), Sarasota Opera House (Sarasota), the National Palace of Culture and the Great Bulgaria Hall (Bulgaria). She has been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra of the State Academy of Music (Sofia), Shoumen Philharmonic, Razgrad Philharmonic and with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the 2006 Concerto Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television, including WQXR, WITF and Bulgarian National Television. In 2010 she released the critically acclaimed CD Song to My Love with bassoonist Maria Wildhaber on MSR Records; a recording characterized in the press as “a fantastic release” and “highly recommended.” Their second CD, Eastern Discoveries, was released in the summer of 2014, also on MSR Records, and includes rarely recorded works for bassoon and piano by Eastern European composers. Ms. Tachkova earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University. Currently, she is on the piano faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New York City.
Pianist Luba Poliak made her professional debut at the age of eleven with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since then, she has appeared on four continents as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Luba has performed recitals in prestigious venues and series including 92nd Street Y in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Dudley Hall in Houston and the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C. Her performances have been broadcast worldwide, on stations including Chicago’s WFMT, ABC Classical FM in Australia and Kol Hamusica, the national classical music station in Israel.
As a chamber musician, Luba has performed with acclaimed musicians from the Metropolitan Orchestra, New York City Opera and A Far Cry. Festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Long Island Chamber Music Society, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players and the Houston Piano Institute.
Luba began her studies at the age of six in Novosibirsk, Russia. After immigrating to Israel, she continued her studies and graduated magna cum laude from the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv under the tutelage of Michael Boguslavsky. After additional studies at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and the Verbier Academy, she received her Masters Degree with Honors from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Patricia Zander and Gabriel Chodos. Luba then earned her Doctorate at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish. She currently resides in New York City, where she teaches at 92nd Street Y and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
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.