Ekaterina Isayevskaya is lecturer in piano accompaniment at the University of Tromsø, where she works with both students and faculty on all aspects of performance from sight-reading to concert.
Ekaterina gained a BA in Music Performance from Tromsø University College in 2005. She then took a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with Helen Krizos, supported by Elizabeth H Lees and Julius scholarships. During her studies Ekaterina took part in masterclasses with Lazar Berman, Martino Tirimo, Anne Queffelec, and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. In 2009 she completed a Master’s in Performance at the University of Tromsø, funded by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
Since 2009 Ekaterina has been accompanist for the annual Arctic Trombone Festival, taking part in masterclasses and playing recitals with internationally renowned musicians such as Charles Vernon (including a world première), Ian Bousfield, Håkan Björkman, Sergio Carolino, Brand Attema, and Joe Alessi.
As a result of the international collaboration between the Musical Theater in Petrozavodsk and the Finnmark Opera Choir, Ekaterina has toured with their productions of Verdi’s La Traviata in 2017, Orff’s Carmina Burana in 2015, and the concert “Celebrating Verdi-Wagner” in 2014.
With funding support from the Sino-Nordic Association, in 2016 Ekaterina performed with Ms. Lu Zhang from the China National Traditional Orchestra.
As rehearsal pianist, Ekaterina has worked with conductor Ragnar Rasmussen on several of his newly composed works, including the opera “Heksehammeren” (2012) and “TIR-ALU” (2016). She performed the world première of the latter in January 2017.
Ekaterina regularly performs as a chamber musician and accompanist at Nordlysfestivalen, Tromsø Opera Festival and Festspillene i Nord Norge, as well frequent collaborations with Tromsø Operaforeninga.