Yuri Polubelov studied piano at Lvov Secondary Music School with Alexander Eidelman and gave his first solo recital at the age of thirteen, becoming winner of the Ukrainian Young Musicians' Competition in Kiev. Polubelov graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (piano class of Vera Gornostayeva and chamber ensemble class of Konstantin Adjemov).
Polubelov has participated in festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Slovakia, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine. He has performed both as soloist and in chamber ensembles with prominent Russian musicians such as Alexei Lubimov, Tatiana Grindenko, Ivan Monighetti, Alexander Rudin, Nelli Lee and Mark Pekarsky.
Further to this, he has also given premieres of works by contemporary Russian and Ukrainian composers with particular attention to less often performed works by composers such as Zemlinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Krenek, Hindemith (Marienleben) and Brahms (choral works with piano).
Polubelov has helped organize several festivals in Moscow and served as artistic director and pianist in stage performances of chamber operas by V. Rebikov and A. Zemlinsky in both Russia and Germany.
As a Duo Svetlana Savenko and Yuri Polubelov have performed together since 1997. Their repertoire comprises more than 350 songs for voice and piano, from Stravinsky and Schoenberg to Russian composers. They have given a number of world premieres, including compositions written for the Duo, such as the song cycles of Valentin Silvestrov and the vocal pieces of Leonid Hofman and Alexander Knaifel. The Duo are also committed to promoting vocal repertoire within specific themes, for instance 'Silhouettes of the Silver Age', 'In Schoenberg's Direction', 'Hundred Years of New Music' and 'Stravinsky: Nursery and Music Hall'.