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Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition (2010)


George Enescu International Competition (2011)


Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society harpsichord competition (2007)


XX Concorso Sala Gallo Piano Competition


Grieg Competition - USA (2009)


Начал учиться музыке в Москве, затем переехал в Израиль, с 14-летнего возраста жил и учился в Канаде. Получил степень бакалавра музыки в Торонтском университете, затем продолжил своё образование в Йельском университете под руководством Бориса Бермана. По получении магистерской степени остался преподавать в Йеле, в 2010 г. защитил там же диссертацию доктора музыки. В том же году выиграл в Лейпциге Международный конкурс имени Иоганна Себастьяна Баха в пианистической номинации, годом ранее удостаивался награды международного конкурса и как участник йельского фортепианного трио.

Репертуар Полетаева сочетает в себе интерес к музыке XX века и к барочному репертуару. Как исполнитель партии basso continuo он выступал, в частности, с такими дирижёрами, как Масааки Судзуки и Гельмут Риллинг, как солист заслужил исполнением в Филадельфии концертов Моцарта и К. Ф. Э. Баха высокую оценку критика, отмечавшего, что «хотя ни в каком отношении эта игра не была радикальной, в целом исполнение выказывало заметную индивидуальность», а «каденции были изобретательны и выдавали глубокие знания, не отступая за пределы классической традиции». Первый альбом Полетаева — все сочинения Джордже Энеску для скрипки и фортепиано — выходит в 2011 году на фирме Naxos.




  • First Prize at the 2010 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition
  • First Prize at the 2009 Grieg International Competition (USA)
  • First Prize winner of the XX Concorso Sala Gallo Piano Competition
  • A prizewinner at the 2011 George Enescu International Competition
  • Top prizewinner at the 2007 Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society harpsichord competition


“The Bach Overture was set forth with delightfully springy rhythms, a constantly stimulating interplay of contrapuntal lines, and tone that was clear and warm with no suspicion of harshness. Stylish as it was, with intricately detailed embellishments, this was also romantic playing – which, in my opinion, all good playing is.”

“…a recital of not merely high promise but already high achievement”.

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Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International

“Poletaev, now 36 and a Montreal resident, made good on the promise — stunningly, many times over — in a recital of Bach and Schumann…”

“…in making connections among voices, delineating distinct colors, not to mention the small matter of building expressive points of arrival and release, pianist and composer joined. They were as a single poet.”

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Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Enescu couldn’t have hoped for better advocates. Fang, 27, a Curtis Institute graduate now under the wing of Astral Artists, and Poletaev (an alum of the program) highlighted everything that makes Enescu’s Violin Sonata in A Minor, “Torso,” so aesthetically unusual and beguiling.”

“… both players shifted easily from great delicacy to generous sweetness”.

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Peter Dobrin, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Bach May Be Familiar, but SPCO Makes It Memorable”

“But you can… marvel at how brilliantly guest harpsichordist Ilya Poletaev handles his notoriously difficult part.”

Ron Hubbard, The Pioneer Press

“Ilya Poletaev . Keept that name in memory. He has all the prerequisites to become a world pianist. Not since I Gregori Sokolov’s performances in Malmö several years ago , I heard a pianist with such brilliance and musicality”

Skånska Dagbladet

“That the Russian-born Ilya Poletaev in America belongs among the most significant pianists of his generation was clearly heard in the farthest corners by the packed audience in the Seefelder Schloss”

“Poletaev created music which fully differentiated between the many styles.”

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Reinhard Palmer, Süddeutsche Zeitung

“…a pianist with an extraordinary subtle understanding of sound…”

“This rare quality enabled him to reveal a variation in tone colors that was magical”.”

“The pianist’s playing was dream-like in the Larghetto movement. It showed his feeling for the beauty and elegance of Mozart…”

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Hartmut Schütz, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

“An expert harpsichordist, he played Bach on the piano as well as any I have heard. The Allemande in the Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828, played with all the repeats, was an apotheosis of the spiritual dance. This pianist can play with a kind of lightness that makes the piano an old instrument. All that he played was deeply considered. There was nothing there to provide a cheap thrill. His intelligence was luminous”

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Keith Kibler, Berkshire Review for the Arts


J.P Sweelinck            Variations “Mein junge Leben hat ein End”

J.P Sweelinck            Variations on “Ich führe mich über Rhein”

G.A.Frescobaldi       Toccata and Ricercar

J.Ph.Rameau            Suite in A minor (1728)

J.K. Fischer                Chaconne from Suite in D minor

C.P.E. Bach               Sonatas, Rondos, and Fantasies from “Kenner und Liebhaber” (various books)

J.S. Bach                  Partitas nos. 2, 3, 4, 6

J.S. Bach                 Well-Tempered Clavier

J.S. Bach                Art of Fugue : Contrapuncti 1, 4, 8

J.S. Bach                Fantasias and Fugues, BWV 894, 904

J.S. Bach                English Suites in G minor, E minor

J.S. Bach                French Suites in D minor, G major

J.S. Bach                Italian Concerto

J.S. Bach               French Overture

L. v. Beethoven       Sonatas op. 10 no. 3, op. 90, op. 101, op. 109, op. 110, op. 111

W.A. Mozart            Sonatas K. 333, K.533/494, K. 576

J. Haydn                  Sonatas C major Hb. XVII: 48; E flat Hb. XVII: 52

J.L. Dussek               Sonata in F minor (L’Invocation), op. 77

 J.L. Dussek              Sonata in F-sharp minor op. 61 (Elegie Harmonique)

F.Schubert                Sonata in C minor D. 958

F.Chopin                 Sonata no. 3 op. 58

                                 Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61

                                 Ballade no. 4, op. 52

                                 Scherzo no. 4 op. 54

                                 3 Mazurkas op. 59

                                 2 Nocturnes op. 62

                                 Etudes op. 10 no. 1, 4, 5, 7, 12 op. 25 no. 1, 2, 9, 11, 12

R. Schumann         Intermezzi op. 4

                                 Davidsbündlertänze op. 6

                                 Symphonic Etudes op. 13

                                 Kreisleriana op. 16

                                 Arabeske op. 18

                                 Humoreske op. 20

                                 Waldszenen op. 82


J.Brahms              Sonata in F minor op. 5

                               Variations on a theme by Handel op. 24

                              Klavierstücke op. 117, 119

F.Liszt                 Sonata in B minor

                            Ballade no. 2 in B minor

                            La Lugubre Gondola (no. 2)

E.Grieg              Ballade in G minor, op. 24

G.Fauré             Nocturnes no 1, op 33 no. 1; no. 7, op. 74; no. 11, op. 104; no. 13, op. 119

C.Debussy:      Images, Book 1

                           Preludes, Book 1 (complete)

                          6 Etudes: (Pour les cinq doigts; Pour les notes repetées; Pour les sonorites opposées; Pour les octaves; Pour les harpeges composées; Pour les accords)

M.Ravel          Le Tombeau de Couperin

N.Medtner    Sonata-Reminiscenza op. 38 no. 1

                        Canzona Matinata e Sonata Tragica, op. 39 nos. 4-5.

                        3 Tales op. 42

                        Tale op. 26 no. 2

A.Scriabin           Sonata no. 10

C.Ives                   Concord Sonata (movements 3, 4)

A. Schoenberg    Klavierstücke op. 11

A. Berg                 Sonata op. 1

B.Bartok             Sonata (1926)

G.Enescu           Sonata op. 24 no. 1

                           Toccata and Pavane from Suite op. 10

C. Nielsen       Chaconne op. 32

                         Suite op. 45 “The Luciferan”

D.Shostakovich   Preludes and Fugues in C major, A minor, C minor, B minor, G-sharp minor, B-flat minor, D major, F-sharp minor, F minor, D minor.


J.S.Bach                     Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 BWV 1050

J.S.Bach                     Concerto in D minor BWV 1052

J.S.Bach                     Concerto in A major BWV 1055

J.S.Bach                     Concerto in F minor BWV 1056

C.P.E. Bach               Concerto in D minor Wq. 23

C.P.E. Bach               Concerto in E minor H. 420 

W.A.Mozart              Concerto no. 20 K. 466 in D minor

W.A.Mozart             Concerto no. 21 K. 467 in C major
W.A.Mozart             Concerto in D Major K. 537  “Kroenungskonzert”
W.A.Mozart             Concerto no. 27 K. 595 in B flat major 

F.Chopin                 Concerto no. 1 in E minor op. 11

F.Chopin                 Concerto no. 2 in F minor op. 21

J.Brahms                 Concerto no. 1 in  minor op. 15

S. Rachmaninov    Concerto no. 3 in D minor op. 30

N.Medtner              Concerto no. 3 in E minor op. 60


Preludes and Fugues 1-12

Preludes and Fugues 13-24

Beethoven op. 109
Beethoven op. 110
Beethoven op 111

J.K. Fischer: Chaconne in D minor from “Uranie”
Carl Nielsen: Chaconne op. 32
Yevgeniy Sharlat (b. 1977): Chaconne from Piano Sonata or D. Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue op. 87 no. 24 in D minor

R. Schumann: Humoreske op. 20 or Kreisleriana op. 16 or Davidsbundlertaenze op. 6

Bach: Partita no. 4 or French Overture
Enescu: Sonata op. 24 no. 1

Chopin: Ballade no. 4 op. 52
Debussy: Reflets dans l’eau from Images, Bk. 1
Liszt: La lugubre gondola I
Liszt: Ballade 2

G. Frescobaldi: Toccata I (Libro Secondo, 1638)
F. Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61

J. J. Froberger: Tombeau sur la mort de Mr Blancrocher
F. Chopin: Ballade no. 4

J. Kuhnau: Tomba di Giacob from Biblical Sonatas
F. Liszt: Sonata in B minor

Rameau: Suite in A (1728)
Schumann: Waldszenen op. 82 or Intermezzi op. 4

Dussek: Sonata in F-sharp minor “Elegie Harmonique” op. 61
Chopin: Sonata in B minor op. 58

A multi-instrument event, exploring the historical and musical roots of Shostakovich’s monumental cycle of Preludes and Fugues, op. 87. Additional works by Merulo, Sweelinck, Purcell, Handel, Bach, Medtner and Mussorgsky. On modern piano, harpsichord, chamber organ. Includes narration.

C. P. E. Bach: Fantasy in C (Wq. 59/6); Sonata in E minor (Wq. 59/1)

J. L. Dussek: Elegie Harmonique op. 61

C. P. E. Bach: Rondo in C minor (Wq. 59/4) ; Largo from Sonata in B flat (Wq. 59/3)

J. L.  Dussek: Sonata op. 77 “L’invocation”

Sweelinck: Ich fuehre mich ueber Rheine
Carl Nielsen: Chaconne op. 32
Edvard Grieg: Ballade op. 24
Jean Sibelius: Sonatina op. 67 no. 1
Carl Nielsen: Suite op. 45 “Det Luciferiske”

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