“Chochieva, though, is the real discovery; …performances of huge emotional scope and intense drama.”
Andrew Clements, The Guardian
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Having first gained international attention with her highly-praised recordings of works by Chopin and Rachmaninov, Zlata Chochieva has already established herself as a distinctive voice amongst pianists, possessing a deep affinity for these composers in particular. Hailed by Gramophone as “the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar”, Zlata Chochieva has performed solo recitals in major venues such as the Herkulessaal in Munich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Berlin, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. Conductors she has collaborated with include Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Simon Gaudenz, Alexander Rudin and Charles Olivieri-Monroe. To date she has released three discs on the Piano Classics label including the complete Chopin Etudes, Rachmaninov’s Etudes-Tableaux as well as his 1st piano sonata and Chopin Variations.
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 has been regularly appearing at many prestigious concert halls, most notably at Herkulessaal Munich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie de Paris, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Casa da Música Porto, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia.
She has performed with numerous major orchestras, including the Russian National 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.
Highlights of the previous season include her Wigmore Hall debut, performances in Russia with the Svetlanov State Orchestra and the National Philharmonic of Russia. Furthermore, she was guest artist in the Serate Musicali series in Milan, at the Berliner Klavierfestival and at Zaubersee Festival Lucerne.
In 2019/20 Zlata will be appearing as “Artist in Focus” in three different programmes with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra. Solo debuts include the Vienna Konzerthaus, Vancouver Chopin Society, Brussels Chopin Days, as well as various festivals across Europe and the US. A return to the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra will see her participate in the orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Festival with performances of his piano concerto no. 1 and piano trio.
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. 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 Rachmaninov 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 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.
Together with Misha Dacic, Zlata established the International Festival at Rachmaninov’s estate in Ivanovka and has been a Co-Director since 2018.
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.