Taíssa Poliakova Cunha

Taissa Poliakova Cunha

Born in Lisbon, Taíssa Poliakova Cunha began her musical studies at the Lisbon National Conservatory. She obtained her degree cum Laude at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León (Salamanca, 2013), where she studied with Miriam Gómez-Morán and Alberto Rosado.

She completed her Masters in Music at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, under the guidance of Professor Fausto Neves, having received, upon completion, the award for Best Student of the Masters in Music of that year (2017). She also studied privately with the renowned professor at the Juilliard School in New York, Oxana Yablonskaya, between 2012 and 2017.

She has performed throughout Europe with solo and duo recitals with Portuguese violinist Matilde Loureiro. Together they won the First Prize in Chamber Music at the “Young Musicians Award” (Lisbon, 2008) and a Mention of Honor at the “Concertino Praha” Competition (Czech Republic, 2009). Laureate also in several piano competitions, namely the Special Prize at the 16th Santa Cecília International Piano Competition (Portugal, 2014), 1st place and Best Interpretation of a Portuguese Work at the 10th Póvoa de Varzim Piano Competition (Portugal, 2015) , among others. She performed with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra at the 3rd Music Festival “Dynasty” in Kiev, Ukraine (2014), which won her a Vox Populi award by public vote.

She worked as Accompanist at the University of Aveiro, where, from 2014 to 2017, she worked with Singing, Choir, Strings, Saxophone and Brass classes. She has worked as a Piano Teacher and Accompanying Pianist at the Escola de Música do Colégio Moderno, in Lisbon (2019-20) and as an Accompanist at the Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco (2020-current.).

More recently, she joined, in 2021, the Doctorate in Music and Musicology at the University of Évora.

She has participated in several national and international festivals, including the 1st International Piano Festival of Amarante (2015) and the EPTA Meeting of Pianists and Piano Teachers of Portugal (2017). She lived for two years in Brazil (2017-2019), where she performed soloist, as a chamber music artist and as a soloist with orchestra (with Maestro Alessandro Sangiorgi and the Symphony Orchestra of the State University of Londrina, in 2018) in several cities, in addition to teaching regularly in Londrina and Maringá.