Historian of music
Galina Kopytova was born in Moscow. She graduated from the Leningrad State College of Theater, Music and Cinematography. From 1974 she works at the Russian Institute of Art History. In 1987 she became the head of the RIII Department of Manuscripts. Her research interests include the history of Russian musical culture in connection with the musical culture of Europe. The book Society of Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg-Petrograd (St. Petersburg, 1997) has been translated into German (Ernst Kuhn Verlag - Berlin, 2002).