The internationally acclaimed Armenian cellist Alexander Chaushian performs regularly at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Suntory Hall Japan, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York, and Symphony Hall in Boston.
Concerto appearances include concerts with Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Boston Pops. He works regularly with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and has most recently performed Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody with the orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky.
Recent recital and chamber music dates from the season include concerts at the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonie, Sala Verdi in Milan, Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, and performances in China and South Korea
Chaushian is the Artistic Director of both the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus and the Yerevan Music Festival in Armenia. He performs regularly at festivals throughout the world, both as a soloist and in chamber music projects.
He enjoys regular chamber music relationships with distinguished artists including Yuja Wang, Julia Fischer, Levon Chilingirian, Diemut Poppen, Emmanuel Pahud,Ashley Wass and he has also collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin. His regular chamber music partner is pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. He is also a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio with Pavel Vernikov and Konstantin Bogino.
Chaushian’s recordings include several highly acclaimed CDs for the BIS label in which he is partnered by Yevgeny Sudbin, and his recently released concerto CD with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra – also on BIS – received rave reviews and was selected as ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent, UK.
After initial studies in Armenia, Alexander Chaushian studied in the United Kingdom at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He then pursued advanced studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin. From here, Chaushian went on to win numerous prestigious prizes, including the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and the ARD Competition in Germany. As an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, New York, he has toured extensively in the USA.
Chaushian is Professor of Cello at the Royal College of Music.
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Armenian conductor Eduard Topchjan has earned widespread praise from critics and audiences alike for his unique interpretations of the core symphonic as well as contemporary repertoire. Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra since 2000, his extraordinary talent, clear conducting style and innate musicality have garnered him public acclaim and attention.
Eduard was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000, following his debut with the orchestra earlier that year. Highlights of his tenure so far include performances at Moscow’s Conservatory’s Great Hall and Bolshoi Theatre, Brucknerhaus Linz, St Petersburg’s Stars of the White Nights Festival, extensive tours of Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Poland, Czech Republic, the USA, and South America, and a performance at Konzerthaus Berlin in November 2018 celebrating the 115th anniversary of the birth of Aram Khachaturian, which was attended by the President of Armenia, Mr Armen Sarkissian.
As a guest conductor Eduard has performed with many of the top orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of Frankfurt Opera, the Stuttgart, Prague and Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lithuanian National, Jerusalem and Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestras, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, the Orchestra della Toscana, and with the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein.
In 1991 Eduard founded the Serenade Chamber Orchestra, which quickly built up a fine international reputation, winning prizes at a number of prestigious competitions, touring Europe, and releasing highly acclaimed CDs on a number of labels. Having held Artistic Director positions at several important festivals, Eduard founded the Yerevan International Music Festival together with cellist Alexander Chaushian in 2007, and became one of its Artistic Directors.
His repertoire ranges from the baroque to the modern era, including works for chamber orchestra as well as contemporary works, a number of which have been dedicated to him and the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. On the operatic stage Eduard has conducted Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Aida, Simon Boccanegra, Otello and Rigoletto, Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Tosca and La Bohème, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, to name a few.
Eduard has appeared with celebrated artists such as Plácido Domingo, Pinchas Zukerman, Mischa Maisky, Natalia Gutman, Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Yuri Bashmet, Kim Kashkashian, Emmanuel Pahud, Tibor Varga, Sergei Nakariakov, Boris Berezovsky, Sergey Khachatryan, Julia Fischer, Isabelle Faust, Daishin Kashimoto, Sergei Babayan, Konstantin Lifschitz, Narek Hakhnazaryan, François-Frédéric Guy, Kirill Gerstein, Kolja Blacher, Sergei Krylov, Fabio Zanon, Simon Trpčeski, Alexander Chaushian and many others.
By way of background, Eduard studied violin at the Yerevan Conservatory and went on to study conducting with the prominent Armenian conductor Ohan Durian, followed by valuable consultations with Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado and Nello Santi. He was awarded the title of Meritorious Worker of Arts of Armenia in 2007, and in 2011 received a Gold Medal from the Ministry of Culture of Armenia. In 2013 he was granted knighthood with the Italian Order of Merit for Labour (OML), and in 2016 he was honoured with the Medal of Services to the Motherland.
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Alexander Chance, son of counter-tenor Michael Chance, was born in London in 1992, and educated at New College, Oxford, where he was a Choral Scholar and read Classics, graduating with a ﬁrst-class degree. During his time as a student, many opportunities for solo performances came his way all over the world, most notably in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco where he sang the alto arias in Bach’s St John Passion. He also made a number of recordings with the New College Choir, including a disc of John Blow symphony anthems, on which he featured heavily as a soloist.
During his time at University he also developed a love of ensemble singing, especially of Renaissance works, and he continues to devote some of his busy concert schedule to ensemble singing, in groups such as The Tallis Scholars, Vox Luminis and The Gesualdo Six. Recent solo appearances include Handel’s Triumph of Time and Truth at King’s Place in London with Edward Higginbottom and The Instruments of Time and Truth, Purcell’s King Arthur at Stour Music with Mark Deller, Messiah with Richard Cooke at Canterbury Cathedral, Bach’s St John Passion with Vox Luminis and Café Zimmermann, Christmas Oratorio with Robert Quinney at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Bach’s Magniﬁcat with Edward Higginbottom at King’s Place, St Matthew Passion with Geraint Bowen at Hereford Cathedral, the role of ‘Micah’ in Handel’s Samson at Stour Music, Bach’s B Minor Mass at Utrecht Early Music Festival, and with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, works by Arvo Pärt at Nargenfestival in Tallinn, and regularly in Oxford with Tom Hammond-Davies and the Oxford Bach Soloists.
2019/2020 projects include recording with the Freiburger Barockorchester, and touring Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Alexander will also be performing solo songs by the 20th Century Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi at the Salzburg Festival, and performing a programme for solo counter-tenor of JC Bach, Schütz and others at Musikfest Bremen. He will also be touring a programme of lute songs with the lutenist Toby Carr in Germany and Holland, featuring works by John Dowland, John Danyel and William Lawes.
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Trio Accanto was formed in 1994 and consists of Marcus Weiss (saxophone), Nicolas Hodges (piano, since 2013) and Christian Dierstein (percussion). This group of three soloists bound together by a unique approach to chamber music has been praised for its “mastery” and “world-class interpretations”. The scoring of saxophone, piano and percussion is common in jazz, but was a rarity in classical music (leading to the description “a jazz trio that does not play jazz”) until Trio Accanto turned this situation around, stimulating close to one hundred composers to write new works over the years. Major figures such as Mark Andre, Georges Aperghis, Aldo Clementi, Michael Finnissy, Vinko Globokar, Georg Friedrich Haas, Toshio Hosokawa, Helmut Lachenmann, Brice Pauset, Rolf Riehm, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, Martin Smolka, Christian Wolff and Walter Zimmermann have contributed to the trio’s repertoire, along with a substantial list of younger composers from around the world. A rigorous and increasingly broad-ranging programme of commissions continues, including works by Beat Furrer, Evan Johnson, Misato Mochizuki and Rebecca Saunders.
Trio Accanto has performed at festivals in Donaueschingen, Witten, Darmstadt, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Freiburg, Huddersfield, Basel and Saarbrücken, as well as at Eclat (Stuttgart), Munich Biennale, Maerzmusik (Berlin), Salzburg Festival, Wien Modern, Tage für Neue Musik (Zurich), and further afield in Madrid, Seville, Chicago, Viitasaari (Finland) and at the Takefu Festival (Japan). The trio’s CD recordings have appeared on Kairos, HatHut, Edition Zeitklang, Assai, Verso and Wergo (Funambules, featuring music by Aperghis, Riehm, Schöllhorn and Prins, and Songs and Poems, featuring Dohmen, Thomalla, Zimmermann, Rihm and Clementi.)
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Daniel Hyde is a versatile musician: a conductor of orchestras and choirs, a world-class organist, a natural leader and a broad-minded academic. Daniel is soon to take up what is arguably the most prestigious post in British choral music; Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge. This position is a nurturing and inspirational role to which he will give himself generously. It is these qualities he brings, in abundance, to all his music-making.
Born in the UK, schooled as a chorister at Durham Cathedral, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17 and won the organ scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, later taking up the position of Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge. In 2009, he became Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was also an Associate Professor. In 2016 Daniel moved to the USA where he is currently Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City.
Increasingly in demand as a choral and orchestral conductor, Daniel has worked with the BBC Singers, the London Bach Choir, Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and City of London Sinfonia amongst others. Most recently in New York he conducted the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys alongside the renowned Orchestra of St Luke’s and New York Baroque Incorporated.
Daniel’s broad-ranging discography can be found on the Opus Arte, Linn, Naxos and EMI and Priory labels.
A phenomenal organist, Daniel has performed throughout the world giving recitals. Whilst his focus is now on conducting and directing he still remains keen to promote the organ particularly in an orchestral setting. He has appeared at the BBC Proms on numerous occasions, and made his solo debut there in 2010, performing Bach’s Canonic Variations at the organ of the Royal Albert Hall.
As an ensemble player he has appeared with Phantasm, the Britten Sinfonia, The Tallis Scholars, Aurora Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields amongst others.
Daniel will succeed Stephen Cleobury as Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge in October 2019.
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After performing in tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla’s legendary quintet for over a decade, and appearing on iconic Piazzolla recordings including Tango: Zero Hour, La Camorra and Central Park Concert, Ziegler has led his own groups for over 25 years, refining and re-imagining the bounds of the modern tango tradition.
The Pablo Ziegler Trio was awarded Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2018 for their album, Jazz Tango, marking the first ever nuevo tango release to win a major Grammy. Touring throughout the world with his trio, quartet and mixed ensembles, Ziegler has performed at such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, Muziekgebouw, Sydney Opera House, Colon Theatre, Sala Villa-Lobos del Teatro Nacional, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Blue Note, Birdland, Ravenna Festival, Verbier Festival, SFJAZZ, JVC Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, among others.
Recent season highlights include a performance at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on a shared bill with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The evening included a set by Ziegler’s quartet – described by The New York Times as “rapturous” – as well as a historic, first-ever collaboration: Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera with live accompaniment from the Pablo Ziegler Ensemble. In summer 2012, Ziegler joined violinist Lara St. John at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s historic Central Park Concert of 1987, in which Ziegler also played. The 2012 concert brought the largest crowd in the 107 year history of the Naumberg Orchestral Concerts series.
In addition to performing with his own groups, Ziegler has been a featured guest soloist with many major orchestras, playing his own compositions as well as the music of Piazzolla with the Colorado Symphony, the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, the Charleston Symphony, the Metropole Orkest in the Netherlands, and Jazz Sinfonica Orchestra in Brazil.
Pablo Ziegler’s Tango Meets Jazz project – which for over ten years saw an annual week-long residency in New York, starting at the Jazz Standard and later taking residence at Birdland Jazz – paired Ziegler’s quartet with guest artists including Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Stefon Harris, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Garrett, Joe Locke, Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, Nestor Torres, and others.
Ziegler’s most recent recording, JazzTango with his JazzTango Trio, won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. This was the first time nuevo tango won a major Grammy. Ziegler’s recording, the Latin Grammy-nominated Amsterdam Meets New Tango (Zoho Music 2013), paired his quartet with the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest, playing his most famous works arranged for jazz orchestra. His work as music director, arranger and pianist for bass-baritone opera star Erwin Schrott earned an Echo Klassik Award in 2011 for the album Rojotango. Ziegler’s 2005 release, Bajo Cero, won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album, and in 2008, his album Buenos Aires Report made the final list of nominees for the same honor. Other major recordings include 1998’s Tango Romance with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and 1996’s Los Tengueros with Emanual Ax.
Ziegler has been artist-in-residence at major institutions, such as the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and the MusicUnitesUs Intercultural Residency Series at Brandeis University.
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Sincere, versatile and with a curious mind, British conductor Gabriella Teychenné works extensively in both symphonic and operatic settings. She engages in a wide repertoire ranging from early through to contemporary works, and in the 2018-2019 season debuts with the Residentie Orkest The Hague conducting Mozart’s Requiem, and participates in showcases and workshops with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre de Picardie.
Gabriella is currently engaged as a member of the Equilibrium Young Artists scheme run by Barbara Hannigan, who has described her as possessing a “positive energy and fierce talent [which] were inspiring to me and to the players in the orchestra”. As part of the initiative she works closely alongside Barbara Hannigan, and will this season assist on productions with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Cleveland Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, preparing works by Bartók, Haydn, Ligeti, Kurtág, Sibelius, Gershwin, Debussy, Schönberg, Mozart and Berg. Additionally she will be assisting at La Monnaie De Munt’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the LUDWIG Orchestra.
Since 2017 Gabriella has been mentored by, and worked as assistant conductor to, Vladimir Jurowski at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, both in the UK and on tour to Japan, in repertoire including Magnus Lindberg’s Triumph to Exist (a major new commission performed at a concert commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I), Enescu’s Oedipe, as well as Czech and Russian music. He says of her, “Gabriella Teychenné is not only musical, she is radically passionate about the music. Music means the world to her and her passion is infectious, and as a conductor she can convince others to follow her along this path”.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Gabriella was involved in the world premiere staging of Peter Ruzicka’s opera Benjamin at Staatsoper Hamburg in spring 2018. Over the course of the coming years she will be working extensively with contemporary group Ensemble unitedberlin, and as part of this conduct twelve world premieres alongside German baritone Dietrich Henschel.
Born in England in 1993, Gabriella began her musical studies as a violinist at an early age. As an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, she read Political Philosophy, following which she pursued a Master’s degree in Violin and Conducting at the Royal College of Music, and an Artist Diploma in Conducting at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She has been taught in masterclasses by Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Colin Metters, and Mark Heron, and is generously supported by Help Musicians UK Foundation.
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Louise Winter was born in Preston, Lancashire, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She made her début in 1982 with Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Dorabella Così fan tutte and subsequently sang Tisbe La Cenerentola, Zerlina Don Giovanni, and Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia for the company.
Her most recent roles include Gertrude in Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Glyndebourne on Tour), Marcellina (Royal Opera House), Madame Larina Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera), Anaide in Leoncavallo’s Zazà (Opera Holland Park), Wife in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek with Music Theatre Wales at the Linbury Studio Theatre and on tour in the UK and Korea, Kabanicha Katya Kabanova (Longborough Festival), Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon and Ragonde Le Comte Ory (Blackheath Concert Halls). She created the role of Susan in Huw Watkins In the Locked Room (a co-production between Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera), gave the world premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Out of the Ruins for mezzo-soprano, youth chorus and orchestra at a Gala Concert for the Royal Opera House in February 2015, and recently created the role of Pilar in David Sawyer’s The Skating Rink for Garsington Festival.
Previously she has sung title role Carmen and Marguerite La Damnation de Faust (English National Opera), Olga Eugene Onegin (Royal Opera House/Canadian Opera Company/Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Sesto La clemenza di Tito, Edwige Rodelinda, Pauline Pique Dame (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Venus Tannhäuser and Lady Macbeth in Ernst Bloch’s Macbeth (Frankfurt), Preziosilla La Forza del Destino (Rouen).
Louise Winter has sung with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Carlo Rizzi. She has taken part in many of the BBC Proms over the last decade. As a recitalist she has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Bath, Belfast and City of London Festivals and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Her recordings include the complete songs of Frank Bridge for Hyperion, and Haydn Masses under Richard Hickox for Chaconne. Performances on DVD include the Goddess Diana La Calisto conducted by René Jacobs.
Highlights in the 18/19 season have included Governess Pique Dame (Royal Opera House) and Maya in Howard Moody’s Agreed (Glyndebourne). Louise will sing Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro at The Grange Festival this summer.
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Martin Hässler is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s prestigious opera programme where he studied with Rudolf Piernay and Janice Chapman. He won second prize at Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied – International Song Competition (2011), first prize at Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin – junior (2010), and Best Singer’s Award at the Gerald Moore Competition London (2010).
In 2016 Martin gave his debut at Garsington Opera as Captain in Eugene Onegin followed by Lliam Paterson’s The 8th Door at Scottish Opera and Hans Rotman’s Spiel im Sand at Oper Halle and Oper Magdeburg. Opera appearances at the Guildhall School in 2014/15 included notably Hans Werner Henze’s Ein Landarzt and Phaedra. In 2009 he was a prize winner at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and sang Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the company. A year later he also appeared as Siegfried in Schumann’s Genoveva at Tonhalle Düsseldorf.
In his 2018-19 season engagements include both Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole (Don Inigo) at Opéra National de Lyon, Verdi’s Nabucco (High priest of Bel – alongside Leo Nucci) in Lyon, and at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Opéra de Vichy, Marius Felix Lange’s Schneewittchen (Zwerg Adi) at Oper Leipzig and his debut in the role of Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte at Nevill Holt Opera. Concert performances include St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi at the Duomo di Milano, and the Auditorium di Milano.
As a recitalist Martin has sung at the Berlin Philharmonie, Deutsche Oper Berlin accompanied by Philip Moll, Schloss Herten (Klavierfestival Ruhr) with Graham Johnson, at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Sholto Kynoch and Bengt Forsberg, at LSO St. Luke’s and at the Vienna Musikverein. In 2012 he took part in the BBC’s Schubert Festival accompanied by Graham Johnson. Other recent highlights include his debut at the Wigmore Hall in June 2013, recitals in Paris (Fondation Singer-Polignac), Amsterdam and Schubert’s Winterreise at Milton Court in London.
Concert appearances include Bach’s Passions, Haydn’s The Creation and Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (under Howard Arman) and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem as well as Mendelssohn’s Elias and Paulus. In December 2012 he gave his debut at the Gewandhaus Leipzig with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and in 2016 with Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Jephtha at Tonhalle Zürich.
Looking further ahead, Martin returns to Opéra de Lyon to sing Ratzekahl Irrelohe, Oper Leipzig for performances as Monterone Rigoletto, and will make his operatic debut in Italy, singing the role of Alaska Joe Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with Teatro Regio di Parma and in Reggio Emilia. On the concert platform he joins Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi to sing Mahler Rückert Lieder, and sings a recital alongside Christina Gansch as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival 2019, accompanied by pianist and festival Director, Sholto Kynoch.
Artist Website: www.martinhaessler.com
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Pianist Zlata Chochieva first came to international attention with her highly-praised recordings of works by Chopin and Rachmaninov, establishing her as a distinctive voice amongst pianists with a deep affinity with these composers. Hailed by Gramophone as “the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar”, Zlata Chochieva has been regularly appearing at many prestigious concert halls, most notably at Herkulessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie de Paris, Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Sala Verdi (Milan), Tivoli Concert Hall (Copenhagen), Casa da Música (Porto), Belem Cultural Center (Lisbon), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia.
She has performed with numerous major orchestras, including the Russian National Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. Conductors Zlata has enjoyed working with include Mikhail Pletnev, Simon Gaudenz, Terje Mikkelsen, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Tugan Sokhiev and Vladimir Spivakov.
In the 2018/19 season, Zlata will give her Wigmore Hall debut in March 2019, in a programme of Rachmaninov, Chopin, Liszt and Scriabin. She will perform in Moscow with the Svetlanov State Orchestra at Tchaikovsky Hall, and with the National Philharmonic of Russia at Rachmaninov Concert Hall. Furthermore, she has been invited to perform twice in the Serate Musicali series in Milan, having just been appointed its new “Artist in Residence” from 2019/20 for three seasons. She will also give recitals around Russia, the US, and Europe.
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 Favorite. She has been regularly invited to leading music festivals, including the Miami International Piano Festival, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival (as a Gilmore Rising Star in the 2017-18 season), the «Rarities of Piano Music» in Husum, the Lugano festival «Il Progetto Martha Argerich» and the Lucerne Festival.
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 Rachmaninoff has likewise earned critical raves and been nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award.
Zlata was born in Moscow and is now a resident of Salzburg. She first appeared on stage at age 5, and made her debut with an orchestra two years later performing Mozart’s Concerto KV. 453 at the Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory. 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 appointed his assistant in 2013.
Together with Misha Dacic, Zlata established the International Festival at Rachmaninov’s estate in Ivanovka and has been a Co-Director since 2018.
Artist Website: zlatachochieva.com
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