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Zlata Chochieva

“Chochieva, though, is the real discovery; …performances of huge emotional scope and intense drama.”

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

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Zlata Chochieva first came to international attention with her highly-praised recordings of works by Chopin and Rachmaninov. Displaying a deep affinity with these composers, combined with probing honesty and imagination, they have established her as a distinctive voice amongst pianists. Hailed by Gramophone as “the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar”, Zlata Chochieva appears regularly at many prestigious concert halls, festivals and with major orchestras and conductors.

This season, Zlata returns to Aachen Symphony Orchestra for performances of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 which follows on from having been “Artist in Focus” there in the 19/20 season. She makes her debut in Singapore and returns to the Serate Musicale series in Milan and Berlin Klavierfestival at the Konzerthaus as well as visiting Tilburg and Linz for recitals. She will be touring the USA giving recitals in Miami, Minneapolis and San Diego amongst others.

Last season Zlata took part in a number of recital series with online concerts recorded in Berlin. Live performances included chamber music at the Gryt Festival in Sweden and Rosendal Festival in Norway as well as joining the Camerata Venia in Geneva, and giving recitals in Nizhny Novgorod and Perm in Russia. She also joined the esteemed adjudication panel for the 15th Geza Anda Competition in Zurich.

Highlights of previous seasons include her Wigmore Hall debut, as well as performances in Russia with the Svetlanov State Orchestra and the National Philharmonic. Furthermore, she was guest artist in the Serate Musicali series in Milan and at Zaubersee Festival Lucerne. In the 2019/20 season Zlata made her debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as recital debuts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Vancouver Chopin Society, and at the Brussels Chopin Days. At the invitation of film director Jan Schmidt-Garre, Zlata performed two online concerts in the series “Home Music Berlin. Concerts in Quarantine” at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin. She also participated in the online “Moments Musicaux” of the Berliner Klavierfestival, digitally streamed from the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Zlata has appeared at many of the world’s most notable concert halls including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Philharmonie de Paris, Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Casa da Música Porto and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. She has performed with numerous major orchestras including the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra and Slovak Radio Symphony. Conductors Zlata has enjoyed working with include Simon Gaudenz, Terje Mikkelsen, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Mikhail Pletnev, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Spivakov and Karl-Heinz Steffens.

She has been regularly invited to leading music festivals, including the Miami International Piano Festival where she returns regularly for teaching, masterclasses and performing, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival (as a Gilmore Rising Star in the 2017-18 season), the “Rarities of Piano Music” in Husum, and the Lugano festival “Il Progetto Martha Argerich”.

Zlata, now signed exclusively with Naïve records, will be releasing her first album Chiaroscuro on the label in May 2022; a delightful combination of Mozart and Scriabin, in this, Scriabin’s 150th anniversary year. Her latest disc (re)creations, released to critical acclaim in February 2021 on Accentus, is a collection of piano transcriptions by three pianists and composers – Rachmaninov, Liszt and Friedman. It has received rave reviews and nominated for a number of awards including an Opus Klassik Award and the Schallplattenkritik award which she won in the keyboard category. Her Chopin Complete Etudes disc for Piano Classics was selected as an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, and included in Gramophone’s list of 10 greatest Chopin recordings: “It is certainly one of the most consistently inspired, masterfully executed and beautiful-sounding versions I can recall.” (Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone). Her 2015 CD of the Complete Etudes-Tableaux of Rachmaninov has likewise earned acclaimed reviews and been nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award.

Over the years Zlata has acquired many international competition prizes, including Szymanovsky International Competition (Poland), Tivoli Piano Competition (Denmark), Mozart Prize at ARD Competition (Germany), First prizes at Frechilla-Zuloaga Competition (Spain) and Alberto Fano Piano Competition (Italy), and Silver Medal at the First International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina (Brazil), where she was also declared Best Performer of Chopin and Audience Favourite.

Zlata was born in Moscow and is now a resident of Berlin. Her teachers have included Mikhail Pletnev at the Central Special Music School and Pavel Nersessian at the Moscow State Conservatory. Subsequently,

Chochieva completed two years of postgraduate studies under Professor Jacques Rouvier at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg where she was his assistant for several years.

Zlata established the International Festival at Rachmaninov’s estate in Ivanovka and has been Director since 2018.

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Zlata Chochieva makes US Orchestral debut

August 11th, 2022

Following her five-recital tour in May, and her return to the International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival this month, Zlata Chochieva concludes her appearance in the States this season with her US orchestral debut at the Bard Music Festival this Saturday 13th August. Under the baton of Leon Botstein and with The Orchestra Now, she performsRead more ›

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Zlata Chochieva Makes Taiwan Debut

June 15th, 2022

This week Zlata Chochieva makes her Taiwan debut with National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) of Taiwan. Under the baton of conductor Mei-Ann Chen, Chochieva performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Taipei’s National Concert Hall and Kaohsiung’s Weiwuying, the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. In the lead-up to the performances, Chochieva sits down with ChenRead more ›

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Zlata Chochieva: CD release and concert at the Konzerthaus, Berlin

May 20th, 2022

Today Zlata Chochieva releases Chiaroscuro, a daring combination of works by Mozart and Scriabin. ‘[Her] grasp of Scriabin is full of poetry, lean in tone and – like her Mozart – of great clarity.’ – PIANIST magazine, May 2022. Chiaroscuro is Chochieva’s first disc on the naïve label. Listen and order here: Chochieva returns toRead more ›

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5 singles from ‘Chiaroscuro’ album out now!

April 29th, 2022

Today Zlata Chochieva releases Scriabin’s 5 Preludes Op.15, the first singles from her upcoming album Chiaroscuro. Listen and pre-order here. To be released on 20th May 2022 and coinciding with Scriabin’s 150th anniversary year, Chiaroscuro is a delightful combination of Mozart and Scriabin. Watch the album trailer for more.

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Zlata Chochieva embarks upon US tour

April 29th, 2022

In the lead-up to the release of her first album on the naïve label, Chochieva returns to the US for the first time since the pandemic. She performs at the Miami International Piano Festival on 1 May and the Frederic Chopin Society in Minneapolis on 8 May, culminating in further recitals in Duluth on 9Read more ›

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Chopin and Rachmaninoff recital (Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver)

It’s interesting to watch how she selects colours and techniques to probe the specifics of what she is playing; there is nothing remotely uniform about what she employs. Nonetheless, her decisions seem natural and convincing, sufficiently so that one forgets her technique and just thinks about the music.

I can think of few finer piano recitals than this. Chochieva never attempts to endow the music with extra drama or interpretation: she just reveals her personal struggle to expose the music as it is. Her probing honesty and imagination place the listener in a multi-layered emotional world which is both evolving and immediate, and one simply feels impelled to follow her.

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