Ekaterina Mochalova was born in Baranovichi, Belarus and has been playing both the mandolin and the domra since the age of six. She studied with Vyacheslav Krouglov and graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music with a Master of Music Degree (Honors). She is a Laureate of as many as twenty international and Russian competitions and festivals including First Prizes at the XXIII Mandolin Competition in Japan and the 9th Osaka International Mandolin Competition, and the Gold Medal at the 10th Delphic Games of Russia. Ekaterina Mochalova has appeared as a soloist with numerous symphonic, chamber and folk instrument orchestras in Russia and has performed on tour in Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Finland, United Kingdom, Japan and the USA. She has given fifteen world premieres of new compositions for mandolin and domra by composers including Michael Bronner, Natalia Hondo, Efrem Podgaits, Alexander Tsygankov and Kirill Volkov. She is currently a lecturer at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and a soloist in the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra. She also serves on the jury of several musical competitions in Russia and on the organizing committee for the International Festival Russian String Orchestra in Moscow.