Polina Medyulyanova

(b. 4 April 1974, Tashkent).

Uzbek composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in Asia and Europe.

Ms. Medyulyanova is the daughter of the conductor Viktor Medyulyanov (b. 1946) and the pianist Natalya Gienko (b. 1944 – d. 2014) and the granddaughter of the composer Boris Gienko (b. 1917 – d. 2000) and the pianist Tatyana Gienko (b. 1919 – d. 2000). She began music lessons with her grandfather at age four and began composing at age eight. She studied composition with Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky at the Uspensky Academic Lyceum in Tashkent, where she graduated in 1992. She later graduated from the Mukhtar Ashrafi Conservatory of Music in Tashkent in 1997 and studied composition with Felix Yanov-Yanovsky at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where she graduated in 1999. She later studied composition with Wim Henderickx and Fabio Nieder, conducting with Sam ten Velden and organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 2005–09.

Among her honours are Second Prize in the competition of the Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam (2003, for Ave Maris Stella), a prize in the competition for Christmas of the Fondazione Donne in Musica in Rome (2006, for Three Christmas Carols) and Zweiter Preis in the competition Fanny Mendelssohn in Unna (2006, for Refractions). Her music has been performed in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, and Uzbekistan.

She is also active in other positions. As a performer, she has played chang (hammered dulcimer from Central Asia), organ and piano in Germany and Uzbekistan and was an active participant in the annual festival for contemporary music Ilkhom-XX in Tashkent from 1999–2005.

She taught composition at the Khamza State Music College in Tashkent from 1997–2002 and composition at the Uspensky Academic Lyceum from 2002–05.

In addition to the works listed below, she has made several arrangements.


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Abyss (ballet in 3 acts, scenario by the composer, Alfira Akberdina-Margulis, after Maris Karem), 1997

...Sorry (incidental music, play by Alexander Galin), 1997


Initiation, string orchestra, 1998

Ne'mat (concertino), piano, string orchestra, 1998 (section of Bukhara Notebook; may be performed separately)

Abstractions, string orchestra, 1998

Concerto, oboe, orchestra, 1999

Ens (symphony, vocalise), mixed chorus, organ, orchestra, 2002

DardScream, string orchestra, 2002

TiyrokLively Piece, 20 strings, 2004

From You, soprano saxophone, string orchestra, 2004

Tendencies (concertino), chang, string orchestra, 2005

Gotcha, alto saxophone, piano, string orchestra, 2009

Casaccia, small orchestra, 2010


Three Pieces, string quartet, 1993

Diptych, violin, 1994

Scherzo, viola, 1994

Christmas, string quartet, 1996

Reminiscence, string quartet, 1996

Two Reminiscences, harp, string quartet, 1997

Alla Passamezzo, oboe, trumpet, cello, harpsichord, percussion, 1997

La Manfredina, oboe, trumpet, cello, harpsichord, percussion, 1997

Bahshanda, ney (flute from the Middle East), oud (lute from the Middle East), ghijak (spike lute from Central Asia), dayereh (frame drum from Central Asia), 1997 (section of Bukhara Notebook; may be performed separately)

Stream Mood, 3 vibraphones (1st + tubular bells), marimba, 2003

Whims, piano, percussion, string quartet, 2003

Nachklang, chang, 2003

Trio, violin, cello, piano, 2003–04

RaxUzbek Dance, alto saxophone, piano, 2004

Hidden Voices, 4 saxophones, 2004

The Sounding of Time, string quartet, 2005

The Spirit of Time, harp, percussion, 2005

Three Christmas Carols, 3 French horns, 2 B-flat trumpets, bass trombone, tuba, 2006

Short Thoughts, chang, 2006

Obsession, theorbo, chang, 2006

Espaces (2 pieces), harp, guitar, mandolin, 2007

AkssadoDivine Light, flute, qanun (zither from the Middle East), double bass, 2007

Depth Perception, ensemble, 2008

Cheruvimskaya and Ektenia, brass, organ, 2009

Ditty for Emilian, alto saxophone, cello, piano, 2010

Hallucination I, soprano saxophone, 2011

Like Qo'qoncha..., duduk (oboe from Armenia), 2011

Hallucination II, viola, 2011

Hallucination III, violin, 2015


Cycle (text by Afanasy Fet), female chorus, 1994

A Notebook from French Poetry (text by Jules Supervielle), male chorus, 1994

Song of the Elf (text by John Keats), children's chorus, piano, 1994

Song, mixed chorus, 1994

Magnificat, mezzo-soprano/alto, female chorus, string orchestra, 1999

Russian Mass, child's voice/soprano, mezzo-soprano/alto, tenor, bass, mixed chorus, orchestra, 2000

Orthodox Prayers, female voice, mixed chorus, 2000

Te Deum, 2 mixed choruses, organ, orchestra, 2001

Communion Psalms, female chorus, 2001

Ave regina cælorum, children's chorus, 2001

Pearls of Wisdom (text by Ahmad Yasavi), mixed chorus, ney, tanbur (lute from the Middle East), dayereh, 2002

Lacrimosa, mezzo-soprano, male chorus, 2 French horns, trombone, tenor-bass trombone, tuba, string orchestra, 2002

Darbringung (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), male chorus, English horn, percussion, 2002

Missa solemnis, mixed chorus, 2002

OfiyatCleansing (text from the wedding song Yor-yor from Uzbekistan), 12 mixed voices, 2008

Rejoice (cantata), mixed chorus, percussion, 2008

Roundelay, alto, tenor, bass, 2008

Hohes Lied der Liebe (cantata, text from the Song of Solomon [German translation]), mezzo-soprano, speaker, mixed chorus, string orchestra, 2009


Triptych (text by León de Greiff [translated by Sergei Goncharenko]), soprano, flute, violin, piano, 1992

Cantata (text by Tadeusz Różewicz [translated by Mikhail P. Kudinov, A. Vasilevsky, I. Verstuk, Nikolay Glazkov, Leonid Cherevichnik]), baritone, large orchestra, 1993

A Notebook from Polish Poetry (texts by Anna Świrszczyńska, Tadeusz Różewicz, Miron Białoszewski [translated by A. Vasilevsky, Vadim Perelmuter, Yuri Morits]), female voice, piano, 1993–94

KarunkaThe Lace (vocalise), folk voice from Uzbekistan, 2 flutes, triangle, 1995

David's Psalms (song-cycle, texts from Psalm 8, Psalm 25, Psalm 26, Psalm 76, Psalm 85, Psalm 114 [all Russian translations]), countertenor, string quartet, 1996

Musica Humana (text by Jules Supervielle), baritone, flute, guitar, violin, percussion, 1996

Bukhara Notebook, 1996–98 (its three sections may be performed separately: Iltijo [vocalise], tenor, 5 percussion, 1996; Bahshanda; Ne'mat)

Ave Maria (song-cycle, text from the Ave Maria [also Italian, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Polish, English translations]), 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, alto, alto flute, oboe, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, organ, 2 percussion, 1999

Elegy (text by Alexander Pushkin), bass, clarinet, 1999

HitgalutRevelation (vocalise), mezzo-soprano, tenor, flute, oud, percussion, string orchestra, 2000

Ave Maris Stella, child's voice/soprano, oboe, chang, string orchestra, 2000

Initium (text by Osip Mandelstam), mezzo-soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2001

Concerto (vocalise), child's voice, soprano, organ, percussion, string orchestra, 2002

Three Antiphons (texts from Latin liturgy), mezzo-soprano, trumpet, organ, 2003

Musik der Einsamkeit (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), mezzo-soprano, piano, 2003

Augenblicke (song-cycle, text by Rainer Maria Rilke), bass, violin, cello, 2003–04

Litanæ Laurentanæ (text from Latin liturgy), tenor, string orchestra, 2004

The Cantos (text by Dan Albertson), soprano, chang, violin, cello, 2004

Visionary (vocalise), soprano, piano, 2004

Gedenkenmesse (texts from the Mass, the Song of Solomon [both German translations]), soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, clarinet, string quartet, 2004

Augenblick der Seele (song-cycle, text by Rainer Maria Rilke), female voice, piano, 2005

Der Weg zur Ewigkeit (song-cycle, text by Rainer Maria Rilke), mezzo-soprano, violin, cello, 2005

Wiegenlied (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), female voice, piano, 2006

Schrei (fantasy, text by Rainer Maria Rilke), female voice, piano, 2006

Ties (text by Dan Albertson), soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, piano, 2007

Two Songs (WunschVom Fluss) (text by Tina Stroheker), soprano, piano, 2007

Allegories (song-cycle, text from the Book of Psalms), baritone, large orchestra, 2007

Lo Sguardo al passato (text by Francesco Petrarca), mezzo-soprano, pan flute, duduk, qanun, erhu (violin from China), viola da gamba, double bass, percussion, fixed media, 2010

Ewige Ruhe II, countertenor, ensemble, 2011

The Cradle Song (text by William Blake), female voice, guitar, violin, 2014

Trilogy (text by David Bernstein), soprano, string quartet, 2011–15

Una Tarde de Verano (text from a traditional source from Spain), female voice, guitar, violin, 2015

Advent (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), mezzo-soprano, viola, piano, 2015


Album Pieces for Children, 1986

Suite in Twelve Movements, 1986

Sonata, 1988

Heidelberg, 1996 (also version for 2 pianos, 2002)

Bukhara, 1997

Sonata, 2 pianos, 1998

Album, 2 pianos, 2002

Thirteen Installations, 2002

Three Christmas Carols, piano 4 hands, 2006


Drei Kleine Musikstücke für Orgel, 2001

Refractions (fantasy on Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 by Johann Sebastian Bach), 2006

Schepping, 2007

Floraison, 2010