Dr. Irena Kofman
Dr. Irena Kofman
DMA, University of Miami
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Office Phone: 561.297.3820
Office: AL 250
The renowned Russian-American pianist holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami, where she studied under tutelage of Dr. Sackstein, a pupil of the legendary Claudio Arrau.
Dr. Kofman is the founder of the Arcangelo Piano Quartet, a distinguished American chamber ensemble. With them she toured Guatemala, China and the United States—all to rave reviews. In addition to her highly renowned chamber group, Irena Kofman formed a duo with the eminent Belgian pianist André De Groote. The year 2006 saw this duo perform Beethoven's complete works for piano duet. Their album "Russian Treasures," under Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, was released in 2007 to high critical praise. The second collaboration of the Kofman-De Groote duo is a profound interpretation of the four most significant works of Schubert's piano duet literature; released in December 2009, it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the European recording label "Talent." A 2014 collaboration between Andre De Groote and Irena Kofman brought the previously unknown composer Theodore Gouvy into the spotlight.The recording received critical acclaim, bringing high words of praise. The MusicWeb International critic Philip R. Buttall notes, "The performance, too, is absolutely first-rate. The De Groote/Kofman team showing not only great empathy for the style, and clearly sounding as if they enjoyed every single note, but in pure terms of balance and ensemble, their playing can simply not be faulted." Since the release of the recording, the Gouvy estate has invited De Groote and Kofman to perform at the Gouvy museum in France.
Dr. Kofman continues to collaborate with other outstanding musicians, such as Japanese violinist Junko Outsu. A recent concert, hosted by the Japanese Consulate, was performed in dedication to the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. As a solo artist, Dr. Kofman performs to wide audiences locally and abroad. Notably, she was invited to perform for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet at his Compassion as a Pillar of World Peace presentation and the next year she appeared at the TEDxBocaRaton event.
As a pedagogue, Dr. Kofman is superb as demonstrated by awards and student outcomes. She received a Diploma of Recognition from the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2011 and the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition 2012 and 2016 for "extraordinary dedication and achievement in the field of teaching music and presenting students to perform at Carnegie Hall." In 2015 she again received recognition from Carnegie Hall in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. Chosen among the country’s best teachers, Dr. Kofman demonstrated master classes and spoke at Florida State University’s Piano Symposium, thereafter awarded their Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Kofman also performed and presented master classes in Salzburg at the prestigious Salzburg Summer Program, International Concerto Festival in Russia in 2014, World Piano Conference in Slovenia and Cremona International Music Academy in Italy in 2016. She was heard in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, China, Guatemala, Bahamas and Curacao. Many of Dr. Kofman’s former piano students are distinguished performers and educators throughout the Americas, Former Soviet Union, and Europe.
Dr. Kofman is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Keyboard Studies at Florida Atlantic University.