A native of Burgas, Bulgaria, Polina Antonova was born in 1977 and began her piano education at the age of 5. She attended “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” Music Highschool in her hometown.
Polina Antonova began her public appearance as a pianist with her first solo concert at the age of 13.
After completing her Bachelor’s Degree at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” (NAM), she continued her university education there and earned her Master’s Degree of Music, majoring in piano in the class of Prof. Yovcho Krushev, as well as chamber music in the class of Prof. Viktor Chuchkov.
Polina Antonova has further specialized in piano in the class of Prof. Krushev (2000-2001), music education (2003-2004), and chamber music in the class of Prof. Jeni Zaharieva at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has attended master classes led by Prof. Paolo Pollice, Prof. Costantino Mastroprimiano, and Prof. Atanas Kurtev .
In 2015 Polina Antonova finished with honours her PhD, titled "Dimitar Nenov's Archive: Systematisations, Interpretations, Analyses". In her academic research she was supervised by Prof. Elisaveta Valchinova-Chenodva Dr.Sc of the Institute of Art Studies with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences http://artstudies.bg/konkursi%20files/PAntonova_pdf/PAntonova_Avtoreferat.pdf
Polina Antonova became chief assistant professor at the Music Department of the same institute in 2016. Her main fields of research are musicology and history of Bulgarian music (art of composition and musical performance).
Polina Antonova was awarded 1st Prize - in the category chamber music - at the 2004 "Music and Earth" international competition in Sofia, Bulgaria; in 2003 she finished in second place in the category chamber music, at the "Hopes, Talents, Masters" International Youth Music Festival in Dobrich, Bulgaria. Polina Antonova won 3rd prize at the "Dimitar Nenov" Music Competition for piano in Razgrad, Bulgaria in 1991; in 1990 she was the prize winner for piano at the 12th edition of the "Svetoslav Obretenov" national competition in Provadia, Bulgaria. The same year she was awarded 1st prize for best performance of a Bulgarian work in Burgas, Bulgaria.