A native of Togliatti, Russia, Polina Nazaykinskaya (born 1987) has been studying music professionally since the age of 4. She graduated with honors from the Music Academic Gymnasium in Togliatti in 2004. In 2008 she graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory Music College as a violinist and composer. Currently she is a graduate student majoring in composition at the Yale School of Music; she is studying composition with Ezra Laderman and Christopher Theofanidis and violin with Kyung Hak Yu.
She is the winner of several composers competitions, including the Dmitriy Kabalevskiy Competition and the Vyacheslav Zolotarev International Composers Competition. Her music had been performed at festivals including the Music Academy of the West in the United States, the Classic music festival on the Volga River in Russia, and the Cadiza Festival in Spain. In 2008 Nazaykinskaya was included in the Golden Book of the Samara Region as an outstanding violinist and composer. In 2009 Nazaykinskaya was among the finalists in the ASCAP Young Composers Competition and the Missouri New Music Festival. In the same year Nazaykinskaya participated as a composer in the New Music Workshop at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, where she premiered her new cycle of songs.