Biography

Ekaterina Kofanova was born on 18. 11.1973 in Minsk (Belarus) into a family of musicians. 1991 she graduated from Minsk Music Lyceum (piano, history and theory of music). From 1991 to 1996 studied organ with Prof A. Parshin and musicology with Prof Inna Barsova at the Moscow State Tschaikovsky Conservatoire, where she got a diploma of Concert Artist and a teaching diploma, as well as the diploma of Musicology (1996).

1996 - 1999 postgraduate course in Musicology.

2000 PhD (Musicology)

After her PhD Ekaterina Kofanova lectured on the history of Western music and has been a teacher of the recently opened organ class at the Belarusian State Academy of Music. At the same time she also worked as a solo organist an the Belarusian State Philharmonia.

2002 – 2008 postgraduate studies at the organ-solo class with Prof Dr Martin Sander

at the Academy for Church Music in Heidelberg (Germany) where she obtained a diploma as Concert Organist with distinction and a Master Diploma as church musician.

Since 2009 she has been engaged as an organist and choirmaster at the Friedenskirche in Bern / Switzerland.

Since 2016 organist titulaire at the Peterskirche (St. Peter) in Basel / Switzerland.

Ekaterina Kofanova has given recitals in several prestigious halls, including Russia, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Holland and Poland. She has taken part in many musical festivals and participated in master classes of renowned European organists: J. Guillou, M. Haselboeck, T. Koopman, A. Marcon, H. Vogel and others. Her repertoire includes wide ranging works of Baroque, Romantic and Moderne. She is also active as a chamber musician and collaborates with choires and orchestras as a soloist and continuo player.

She has been a finalist of such important organ competitions as the 48th International ARD Competition in Munich (Germany) in 1999 and International Organ Competition in St. Albans (England) in 2003. In November 2006 she won the 1st prize of the International competition "Premio Valentino Bucchi" (Rome).

CD-Recording: „Romantic Organ Musik" on a historical Link-Organ (1898) in Hirschberg-Leutershausen (Germany), 2009

Musicological activities:

Ph thesis: Musical Theory an Practice in Thomas Morley's Treatise „A Plaine and Easie Introduction to practicall Musicke" (2000)

Journal articles in Russia and Belarus

Chapter „Organ Music in England" in the „History of Organ Music" (Moscow, 2009)

Scholarships:

1999 Research grant of the Russian Humanitarian Association of Arts

2002 – 2004 Stipend of the German Foreign Academic Exchange Program (DAAD)

Audio samples

Philipp Wolfrum - Benedictus from Drei Tondichtungen op. 30
Franz Liszt: Prelude on B-A-C-H
Franz Liszt: Fugue on B-A-C-H