Evgeny's Polikanin's career is impressive. He is te winner of numerous prizes, he has been invited to perform with many companies and he commands an extensive repertoire.
He graduated from the Lunacharsky State Theatre Institute (GITIS) in 1974 (his teacher was P. Korobkov) and in 1974-75 he was a soloist with the Kuibyshev opera and he has been a soloist with the “Mosconcert” since 1975. During this time he also won first prize in the All-Russia Competition and the All-Union Competition for the performance of Soviet songs (1977).
Over the years he has developed aparticularly tight bond with the “Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Musical Theatre” to which he has been connected as a soloist since 1991. Evgeny has played many important roles in their productions, but his services are by no means exclusive to them.
From 1994 through 1996 he took part in a production by the Viennese Chamber Opera and the Viennese Festival called “Mozart in Shoenbrunn.” In 2000 and 2002 he took part in the National Opera in Paris (“L’Opera Bastille”). Evgeny has also performed important roles in concerts with the Russian National Symphony Orchestra (with artistic director Mikhail Pietnev); The Russian State Symphony Chapel of Russia (with artistic director Valery Polansky); the orchestra of the State Philharmonic Society (artistic director Vladimir Ponkin). He has also performed often with the N. Ossipov Russian Folk orchestra.
Evgeny commands a broad repertoire of chamber music and songs which include the “Kindertotenlieder” by G. Mahler. He took part in the international tours of The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre (Germany 1993; South Korea 1997). Evgeny also gave concerts in Austria, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Hungary, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, Australia and the United States. This last one was a brilliant solo performance in New York's Carnegie Hall, in 1999.
His solo CD “World opera Classics and Russian Romances” was recorded in Moscow in May 2009. He could also be heard in Rotterdam during the Rotterdam opera days during which he played the lead in the opera Madama Butterfly, together with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre. In november 2013 he sang the lead in operas such as Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s La Traviata in the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow. Evgeny Polikanin has worked together with conductor Marcel N. Verhoeff for a long time. Verhoeff regularly invites Evgeny to accompany the Don KosakenChor Russland on their tours.