Ekaterina Mochalova was born in Baranovichi, Belarus in 1988. She started to play the domra since 7 years old. Ekaterina graduated with honors the Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music (2012) and a post-graduate course (2014) led by Professor Vyacheslav Krouglov. Now she is a lecturer in the Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music and a soloist in the Ossipovs’ National Russian folk instruments orchestra.
Ekaterina is a laureate of 20 international and all russian festivals and competitions, among them are: the Gold medal at the X Delphic Games of Russia, the first prize at The 1 st All-russian Music Competition, the first prizes at XXIII Mandolin Competition of Japan and IX Osaka International Mandolin Competition.
Ekaterina has played as a soloist with numerous symphonic, chamber and folk instrument orchestras in Russia and has been on tour in Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Finland, United Kingdom, Republic of South Africa, Japan and other countries. She collaborates with many contemporary composers and hasplayed world premieres of new compositions for mandolin and domra by Efrem Podgaitz, Michael Bronner, Natalia Khondo, Alexander Tsygankov and others. She is a jury member of various musical competitions, one of the organizers of the International Festival «Strings of Young Russia» in Moscow which aims to develop the plucked stringed instruments’ art.