Dr. Irena Kofman

Dr. Irena Kofman, Director of Keyboard Studies
DMA, University of Miami
Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise:
Chamber Music

Email: ikofman@fau.edu
Office Phone: 561.297.3820
Office: AL 250

Irena Kofman

Dr. Irena Kofman, a renowned Russian-American pianist, has performed, recorded, taught, and lectured in more than 20 countries and on four continents. In the words of critic Lawrence Budmen, “Kofman was brilliant in her phrasing and control. The entire performance had a unique sense of deeply felt, highly personal music making.”

Notably, in 2013, Dr. Kofman formed a duo with the eminent Belgian pianist André De Groote. Their international concerts and three recordings received widespread praise. In his review, MusicWeb International critic Philip R. Buttall wrote “Their performance is absolutely first-rate.” 

Dr. Kofman was particularly honored to perform for the Dalai Lama during his "Compassion as a Pillar of World Peace" event and at TEDxBocaRaton. Her critically acclaimed recordings are available on Wisdom Recordings, Loconto Productions, and Talent Records.

Having studied with students of Henrich Neuhaus and Claudio Arrau, Dr. Kofman continues this lineage of exceptional musicianship by sharing her knowledge with a new generation of pianists. Her students have won top prizes at prestigious competitions including the Astana Piano Passion Piano Competition and the Cremona Piano International Competition. They have also showcased the transformative power of music in more unique ways — by raising millions for hospitals, working with underserved children, or ascending to national administrative leadership positions. Many of Dr. Kofman’s have advanced to prominent roles as performers and educators in the Americas, the former Soviet Union, and Europe.

Dr. Kofman has earned numerous teaching awards including the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from Florida State University. This award is held in particular esteem as it was organized and awarded by the renowned Canadian pianist Joel Hastings. Dr. Kofman was also honored with the Diploma of Recognition from the American Protégé International Competition for four successive years, acknowledging her "exceptional commitment and accomplishments in music education, along with preparing students to perform at Carnegie Hall."

Dr. Kofman's recent distinguished awards include a gold medal from the Republic of Armenia's Ministry of Diaspora in 2019, the Faculty Fellowship Program to Israel in 2020, a US Fulbright Senior Scholar Award specializing in Piano Pedagogy in Taiwan in 2022, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Florida State Music Teachers Association in 2023. She serves as a distinguished piano faculty member at Cremona Music International Academy in Italy and holds the position of Director of Keyboard Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, USA.