A native of Belarus, Polina Khatsko has established herself both as an active performer and a dedicated teacher. One of her most recent accomplishments was the performance and recording of the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven with Anthony Elliott, renowned cellist and University of Michigan faculty member. She was also a key participant in the acclaimed “Complete Solo Piano Works by Chopin” project organized by the studio of Professor Arthur Greene. As a winner of the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, she performed Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto under the baton of Kenneth Kiesler.
While in Belarus, Dr. Khatsko received her musical training at the Belarussian Music Lyceum and the Belarussian Academy of Music. In 1999, she came to the United States to study at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and subsequently earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. During the years of studies she regularly appeared with faculty artists and ensembles, which allowed her to indulge in an enduring love of chamber music.
Upon completion of her graduate work, Dr. Khatsko maintained a full private studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, served as a collaborative pianist for the string department of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and appeared as a staff accompanist for the prestigious Sphinx International Competition. Dr. Khatsko has served on the piano faculty of the Schoolcraft College and the University of Michigan preparatory department. Currently she is Adjunct Instructor of Piano at the University of Northern Iowa, and serves on the Collaborative Piano faculty of the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic.