ZLATA CHOCHIEVA, piano
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2024 at 2:30 PM
“A once-in-a-generation talent incapable of playing a routine or pedestrian phrase”
—The Flying Inkpot
Truly a musician’s musician. Zlata Chochieva’s recording of the complete Chopin Etudes was hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the most consistently inspired, masterfully executed and beautiful-sounding versions I can recall” and was subsequently included in that magazine’s list of the top fifty greatest Chopin recordings in history! Since then, she has become known for her distinctive musical “voice” and has risen to the top ranks of amongst pianists worldwide. She has a rare ability to focus the audience’s attention, and indeed to make time stand still.
Highlights of the 2022/23 season include the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Chopin Society, the Berliner Klavierfestival and the Hamburg Camerata at the Elbphilharmonie. Chochieva has appeared at such prestigious concert halls as Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Philharmonie de Paris, the Serate Musicali series in Milan and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. She has performed with such major orchestras as the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice.
She is invited to leading music festivals, including the Miami International Piano Festival, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Lucerne and “Il Progetto Martha Argerich” in Lugano.
Chochieva, now signed exclusively with Naïve Records, is set to release her second disc on that label this season. Her first album on Naïve, “Chiaroscuro” (May 2022), is a combination of Mozart and Scriabin, coinciding with Scriabin’s 150th anniversary year and was designated a Critic’s Choice in International Piano Magazine. Chochieva’s previous disc “(re)creations” on Accentus is a collection of piano transcriptions by Rachmaninov, Liszt, and Friedman, winning a Schallplattenkritik award in the keyboard category and was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.
Born in Moscow, Chochieva is now a resident of Berlin. She established the International Festival at Rachmaninov’s estate in Ivanovka and has been its director since 2018.