Polina Osetinskaya began to perform at the age of five. At the age of seven she entered the Central School of Music of the Moscow Conservatoire. Polina gave her first concert at the age of six at the Great Hall of the Vilnius Conservatoire in Lithuania. At thirteen Polina decided to study music seriously at the school of the Leningrad Conservatoire under the acclaimed teacher Marina Wolf.
The pianist subsequently completed a postgraduate course at the Moscow Conservatoire under Professor Vera Gornostayeva.
She has appeared with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Weimar National Opera, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Academic Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi and the New Russia orchestra, among others.
Polina Osetinskaya’s onstage partners have included conductors Saulius Sondeckis, Vassily Sinaisky, Andrei Boreiko, Gerd Albrecht, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Thomas Sanderling. Osetinskaya has performed at the Wallonie Festival in Brussels, the Mainly Mozart festival, the Frédéric Chopin Festival in Miami, the Stars of the White Nights festival and the December Evenings festival among numerous others.
The pianist has been awarded the Maly Triumph prize. In 2008 she wrote her autobiography Farewell, Sadness, which became a bestseller.
Polina Osetinskaya generally creates unusual and frequently paradoxical solo programmes. She almost always includes works by contemporary composers, frequently justaposing them with traditional classical works. “Contemporary music is not just a continuation of older music. It also helps us discover ideas and beauty in older music that have been lost over decades of the blind museum generation and mechanical and often soulless performing”.
Polina Osetinskaya often performs works by post-avant-garde composers such as Valentin Silvestrov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Vladimir Martynov, Georgs Pelēcis and Pavel Karmanov.
In the 2016-17 season pianist is presenting several projects with violinist Maxim Vengerov, pianoplayer Alexei Goribol, film and drama actress Kseniya Rappoport, composer and pianist Anton Batagov. Polina Osetinskaya also has two subscription series – one for children in Moscow Philharmonic and one for children and adults in Perm Philharmonic.
Osetinskaya's musicianship has been hailed by the critics. Kommersant praised her as “a master jeweller. In her subtle, if not to say refined, interpretation the composer appeared as a philosophical intellectual, and it is thanks to these pensive and critical interpretations that Polina Osetinskaya proffers that Shostakovich’s music remains topical and even highly relevant art”.
The pianist collaborates with many recording companies including Naxos, Sony Music and Bel Air. Her CD with piano works by Nino Rota and Leonid Desyatnikov was released by Quartz.