Adjunct Instructor of Piano
M.M. and D.M.A, University of Michigan
Office: 63 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2718
A native of Belarus, Polina Khatsko has established herself both as an active performer and a dedicated teacher. Among her accomplishments are the performance and recording of complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven with Anthony Elliott, as well as being a key participant in the acclaimed "Complete Solo Piano Works by Chopin" project organized by the studio of Arthur Greene. As an avid collaborator in constant demand by both instrumentalists and vocalists, she performs over 40 recitals annually, indulging in her enduring love of chamber music. As a deeply committed teacher, Mrs. Khatsko prides herself in passing onto her students the core principles of the Russian Piano School - esteemed system, in which she herself has been raised as a musician.
While in Belarus, Mrs. Khatsko received her musical training at the Belarusian Music Lyceum and the Belarusian State Academy of Music under the tutelage of Ariadna Guzhalovskaya and Vladimir Doulov. In 1999, she was invited by James Cook to study with him at the University of Nebraska. Following that, she earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan as a student of Arthur Greene.
Polina Khatsko has served on the piano faculty of the Schoolcraft College and the University of Michigan preparatory department. As a collaborative pianist, she has worked for the string department of the University of Michigan School of Music, appeared as an annual staff accompanist for the prestigious Sphinx International Competition and was on the Collaborative Piano faculty of the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic and the Cambridge International String Academy in England. Currently, Mrs. Khatsko is an Adjunct Instructor of Piano at the University of Northern Iowa, where she maintains busy concert and teaching schedules. Starting 2013, she is also on the faculty at the Leipzig Summer Piano Institute in Germany.