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The international press describes Zlata Chochieva as “the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar… Poetic and pianistic command could hardly go further” (Gramophone) and “a natural Rachmaninoff player, coaxing a darker sound from the keyboard and reveling in the big romantic melodies” (Miami Herald). Crescendo magazine speaks of an “amazing easiness and extraordinary inner power” and Piano News writes: “… in each piece, she seems to be telling a story which words are unable to express.” Stephen Kovacevich calls her “one of the most interesting and unusual pianists today. She has superb technical abilities, but it is her personal intuition in the music she plays that is special. I would be interested to hear anything she does and that is rare.”

At only five years old, Zlata made her first stage appearance and gave her debut with an orchestra two years later performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 17 at Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory. In 1997 she gave a full recital at Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory which was broadcast on Russian television and prompted an enthusiastic newspaper critic to write: “One was impressed with no means childish contents of the concert programme. And yet — the meaningfulness of style, combined with the technical boundlessness.” Shortly after that she caught the attention of Mikhail Pletnev, one of Zlata’s main influences, who invited her to play concerts with Russian National Orchestra and study with him as one of only two students at that time.

1995, solo performance at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory

«…What colours and what understanding of the inner drama. She will become one of the ‘greats’ — in fact, she already is». Leeuwarder Courant

Zlata Chochieva has been regularly appearing at world-famous concert halls, most notably at Herkulessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), The Philharmonie de Paris, Teatro La Fenice (Venice), 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 «Russian National Orchestra», «National Philharmonic of Russia», «Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra», «Danish Tivoli Orchestra», «Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia», «Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra», «Nice Philharmonic Orchestra», and «Munich Chamber Orchestra», under such conductors as Terje Mikkelsen, Marek Pijarowski, Paul Goodwin, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Simon Gaudenz, Tugan Sokhiev and Gintaras Rinkevičius.

Zlata Chochieva has been awarded top prizes at 14 international piano competitions, including Shimanovsky Competition (Poland), Tivoli Piano Competition (Denmark), Mozart Prize at ARD Competition (Germany), First prizes at Frechilla-Zuloaga Competition (Spain) and Alberto Fano Competition (Italy), Gold Medal at the Piano Competition in Copenhagen (Denmark), and Silver Medal at the 1st International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina (Brazil) where she was also distinguished as the Best Performer of Chopin and Audience Favorite. In 2005, she was also named «Honorable Artist of the North Ossetia Republic», becoming the youngest ever artist to hold such a distinction.

She has been regularly invited to leading festivals in Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US, including the Lugano festival «Il Progetto Martha Argerich», the Lucerne Festival, and the Miami International Piano Festival.
Her performances have been broadcast on television and radio in Italy, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Norway.

Since 2012, she has made three CDs for Piano Classics. The first, of Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin and Sonata No. 1, drew outstanding reviews in the music press. Her 2014 Chopin Complete Etudes disc was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), selected as an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, and included in Gramophone’s list of 50 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.

Born in Moscow, in 1985, Zlata Chochieva began her musical education at the age of four, studying piano with Nina Dolenko at Flier Music School. From 2000 to 2003 she continued her studies under the supervision of Mikhail Pletnev at Central Special Music School (Studio of Kira Shashkina) and in 2012 graduated with distinction from Moscow State Conservatory under the instruction of Pavel Nersessian. 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.