Polina Pastirchak

Polina Pastirchak

Polina Pastirchak was born in Budapest into a Hungarian family of artists with Russian roots. She started her international career after winning the famous Geneva International Music Competition in 2009, followed by a special prize at the ARD Music Competition in Munich and further important honours in Hungary. Since that time, she is singing in many opera houses and concert halls all over Europe.

Her last engagements included Mimi in La Bohème at Opera Graz and Theater St. Gallen, Violetta at opera Budapest, different concerts at the Palace of arts in Budapest, as well as her role debut with Mahler VIII under Adam Fischer at Tonhalle Düsseldorf.

Future invitations include Woglinde in Wagner`s Ring staged by Dieter Dorn in Geneva, Gänsemagd in Königskinder at opera Graz, her house debut as Violetta and Tatjana at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Shostakovich's 14th Symphony with the Dresden Philharmonic and Donna Anna in a tour across Asia under René Jacobs.

In 2016, the Hungarian government presented her with the Silver Cross of Merit; in June of the same year, the Hungarian State Opera awarded her the title “Kammersängerin”.

Polina sang Partenope at the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe under Michael Hofstetter as well as Woglinde and Gutrune in Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Dieter Dorn/Ingo Metzmacher). She is a regular guest at the Hungarian State Opera for roles like Mimi, Nedda, Violetta, Micaela, Desdemona and Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro).
She also sang with great success the leading role at the world premiere of György Selmeczi’s Spiritisti as well as Woglinde, 3. Norn and Gutrune at the Wagner Festival in Budapest under Adam Fischer, and Vespina in Cavalli’s Veremonda at the Schwetzinger Festspiele 2016. Just recently, Polina celebrated her triumphant role-debut as Daphne under the baton of Zoltán Kocsis with the Hungarian National Philharmonic.

Polina is also internationally well established as a concert soloist singing for example with Radio Della Svizzera Italiana, Grand Theatre de Genève, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad (where she appeared together with Sabine Meyer and the Kammerorchester Basel), at the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, as well as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Polina especially likes to devote her time to various song recitals. For example, she already performed at Radio France, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Marburger Konzertverein and the Tonhalle in Zürich, accompanied by Jan Philip Schulze whom she works with on a regular basis since 2010.

Polina`s first portrait album with songs of Richard Strauss, Shostakovich, Bartók and Kodály was released in 2010 by Ysaye Records. In 2014, Sony released Sabine Meyer’s solo album, on which Polina is featured singing Mozart arias.