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Violinist Mariya Polishchuk is a passionate chamber musician and champion of new music. She is constantly working to bring an understanding of contemporary music to modern audiences, while breathing a unique personality and new life into commonly performed works. She has performed on distinguished stages such as Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall, as well as across the globe, including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Switzerland.
As co-founder of chamber ensemble Aetas, she connects with diverse audiences by establishing community and outreach partnerships. The ensemble brings music of different eras to audiences from all walks of life.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Polishchuk immigrated to the United States with her family at a young age and immediately began her musical pursuits with her parents, also professional musicians. She was later trained by esteemed pedagogues, Isaac Malkin and Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider. She was awarded the prestigious Helen Airoff Dowling and Twiford Foundation Scholarships, as well as the Josephine C. Whitford Award at the Manhattan School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She later won the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition.