Andrei Poliakov, born 1986 in Vologda, musician and actor. Graduated at the age of 18 from the specialized musical school in Vologda. In 2005 he entered the Gnesin Academy of Music. There he studied piano with professors A. G. Skavronsky and T. M. Rusanova. During his studies he won numerous prizes at international and national piano competitions.
In 2009 Andrei was also enrolled in the Moscow Art Theatre School (Konstantin Raikin's course), where he studied until 2013. After graduating from Moscow Art Theatre School, he began working with the Seventh Studio, actively combining his professions as an actor and musician.
Since the opening of the Gogol Center in 2013, Poliakov has been the musical director of numerous productions at the new theater, is also involved in writing arrangements, and continues to participate in productions as an actor. Since live music and author's arrangements are very often used at the Gogol Center, Andrei is quickly becoming an indispensable part of the theater team, participating in one form or another in most of the Gogol Center's productions. His works include productions of „Spring Awakening", „Dead Souls", „An Ordinary Story", „Kafka", „The Müller-Machine", „Who is happy in Russia", „Kuzmin", „Trout Breaks the Ice", „To the Rescue of the Orchid", „Barocco", „The Misanthrope" and many others. At the Thalia Theater he leads the musical arrangement "Serenade" in Kirill Serebrennikov's production of „The Black Monk".