Spectacular and Romantic! Music for Two Pianos with Stories: Irena Kofman and Tatjana Surev 

Irena Kofman

Course Description

Get in the early Valentine’s spirit this November with the passionate rhythms of tango, other dances of Piazzolla and Guastavino, the loving charm of Gershwin songs, and the monumental power of Rachmaninoff! Meet our own world-renowned FAU piano faculty and the Director of Keyboard Studies, Irena Kofman, and a special guest, distinguished Serbian-American pianist Tatjana Surev.

About the Instructor

  • The renowned Russian-American pianist Irena Kofman holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. After founding the Arcangelo Piano Quartet--a distinguished American chamber ensemble—Dr. Kofman toured Guatemala, China, the Bahamas and the United States, all to rave reviews. Critics including Lawrence Budmen have praised her work: “Kofman was brilliant in her phrasing and control. The entire performance had a unique sense of deeply felt, highly personal music making.” In the early 2000s, Kofman established a duo with the eminent Belgian pianist André De Groote. Their three recorded albums received critical acclaim. MusicWeb International critic Philip R. Buttall called their performance, “absolutely first-rate.”  Kofman continues to collaborate with outstanding musicians such as Japanese violinist Junko Ohtsu. As a solo artist, Kofman has performed in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Serbia, the Bahamas, Guatemala, China, and Curacao. Notably, she was invited to play before His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet at his “Compassion as a Pillar of World Peace” presentation. In addition to her accomplishments as a performer and recording artist, Kofman is an award-winning teacher, widely sought out by students who aspire to play at the highest levels. For six consecutive years she received a Diploma of Recognition from the American Protégé International Competition for “extraordinary dedication and achievement in the field of teaching music and presenting students to perform at Carnegie Hall.” Many of  Kofman’s former students are notable performers and educators throughout the Americas, the former Soviet Union, and Europe.  Kofman is currently a distinguished member of the piano faculty at Cremona International Academy in Italy and an Associate Professor and the Director of Keyboard Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Upcoming programs presented by Irena Kofman.

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