Teacher Profile: Kirill Polyanskiy

Kirill Polyanskiy

Kirill Polyanskiy

Instrument(s): Violin

City: Seattle

Education: Cornish College of the Arts

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    About Kirill Polyanskiy

    When navigating through the twists and turns of life, Kirill (ka-RILL) brought along his passion for learning and performing. Whichever way the wind blows, he trusts his violin and ability to adapt.

    Kirill has been playing the violin since 2004, and is experienced in many eclectic aspects of violin performance, teaching, and recording. A recent graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, he studied classically with Michael Lim, concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and with Dr. Meredith Arksey at Washington State University before his time at Cornish. He is an experienced performer not only classically with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Washington Idaho Symphony, and a former concertmaster of the Washington State University Symphony Orchestra, but also within different music styles such as performing punk music with NOFX, hip-hop music with Sam Lachow, chamber-folk music with Townsend’s Solitaire, and meditative music with Outlaw Space. He recently co-composed and performed an accompaniment for Kennedy Polovich’s dance work titled A Game Won is A Game Lost. This project performed three times in 2023, and he hopes to do more performances with Kennedy in the future.

    Kirill has a host of experience in recording and production. He arranged, recorded, and produced numerous covers of video game soundtracks ranging from Undertale, to Final Fantasy music. His arrangement of Love Grows for symphony orchestra from Final Fantasy VIII was performed by the Washington Idaho Symphony in the Fall of 2016. He is an experienced researcher within the violin world and won the first prize in Washington State University’s undergraduate research competition in arts and sciences for his research project Expanding the Range of the Acoustic Violin Through Use of Higher Bow Pressure to Produce Subharmonics/Subtones.

    In the future, he hopes to save for a dedicated electric violin to expand his range of amplified violin sounds. He looks forward to performing and releasing more music this Summer and to work more closely with his colleagues to release all varieties of violin music. In the meantime, he is excited to teach at Lessons In Your Home.

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