Born in Siberia, Luba Poliak was eleven years old when she first appeared with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. After immigrating to Israel, 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 at the Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish. Her other teachers have included Patricia Zander, Michael Boguslawsky, Gabriel Chodos, Mark Shaviner, Michael Mereminsky as well as members of The Emerson Quartet, Pamela Frank and Colin Carr.
Ms. Poliak has performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Garrick Ohlsson, Andras Schiff, Murray Perahia, Joseph Kalichstein, Bella Davidovich, Misha Dichter and Yefim Bronfman. She 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. After winning the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition in 2004, Ms. Poliak performed with the Stony Brook Symphony, conducted by David Stern. The same year her performances at the Sydney competition aired on ABC Classic FM in Australia. Luba Poliak is a very active soloist and chamber musician. Her recent performances have included a solo recital at the the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C. as well as recitals at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Dudley Hall in Houston and numerous other appearances in venues around the country.
last spring, Ms. Poliak was invited again as a visiting piano faculty at Lawrence University, Wsconsin. Upon her return to New York she resumed teaching at the 92nd Street Y School of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music.