It was Rachmaninoff’s summer residence in the period 1890 – 1917 where he composed most of his works. Zlata commented: “Just a few weeks ago I received an invitation to become a member of the Board of Patrons of Ivanovka which is among the greatest joy and honour I could ever experience in my life. It’s one of the most special places for me to come back and visit regularly and I’m happy to announce that my festival “Rachmaninoff’s evenings in Ivanovka” will take place again in 2023!”
“<…>The greatest delight on this album is the harpsichord Adagio
in G minor by Giovanni Battista Grazioli, arranged for piano by Ignaz
Friedman. On the harpsichord, Italianate and very baroque, somewhat
angular and edgy, this piece hardly comes into its own: to its lyrical
voice, that is. What Friedman, on the other hand, succeeds in doing with
his transcription – almost wading in Romanticism; and Chochieva in her
interpretation – is to make this piece sing in the Schubertian sense. If
there is such a thing as universal beauty, the perfect balance of all
internal and external qualities, this would be an example <…>
The most sensational choice Zlata Chochieva makes is Friedman’s arrangement of the second movement from Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony, dedicated to Ferruccio Busoni <…> The fact that Zlata Chochieva succeeds in serving this genius in an almost solemn, relaxed mood as an intermediate course – without a big speech, without a big gesture, just like that – testifies to her masterly pianistic virtuosity and gives a deep insight into her disposition as an artist.”
Read the full review here: https://www.zeit.de/2021/35/zlata-chochieva-pianistin-klavier-musik-rachmaninoff-liszt-bach
“Zlata Chochieva’s performance of Béla Bartók’s Klaviersonate (1926) was
for me the festival’s most complete musical experience. It excelled
through a superb rubato (variations in tempo), and combined temperament
and explosiveness with precisely nuanced timbres.”
“Chochieva’s natural authority and deep understanding of the material in Béla Bartók’s only piano sonata Sz 80 was a highlight.”
Zlata Chochieva has been nominated for “Best Instrumentalist of the Year” and best “Solo Recording-Instrument” at Opus Klassik for her album “(re)creations”! The recording has received unanimous praise from American Record Guide, Gramophone (an editor’s choice) and International Piano (a rave review and critic’s choice from Bryce Morrison).
‘(RE)CREATIONS’ CD received one of the most respected recording awards Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik! https://www.schallplattenkritik.de/bestenlisten/2021/02
Despite cancellation of Berliner Klavier Festival in the Konzerthaus Berlin this year, Zlata Chochieva and Severin von Eckardstein continue to make music within digital edition of the Festival, starting from today till May 12th:
English version of the interview is available on Pianostreet:
“(re)creations” Album has been selected as an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone
“Right from the first note, you realise Chochieva has not just drifted into the studio on a whim or simply to fulfil a contract. This is music-making of real purpose and conviction.”
The interview with Arnt Cobbers is available on Spotify:
Watch Online Release Concert and Interview with Barnaby Weiler about the New Album “(re)creations” on Foyer Crescendo:
Zlata Chochieva’s new disc ‘(re)creations’ will be released worldwide on 12 February 2021 by Accentus. She presents piano transcriptions by three great pianists and composers, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Friedman, that lend new life to works by J. S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Mahler and many more. Here is a look behind the scenes that gives a glimpse into this exceptional new release!
We await you on the digital stage of the Berlin Piano Festival in the Konzerthaus Berlin.
There will be a new video every day available from midnight to midnight.
Zlata Chochieva is the Pianist magazine cover star. Get your copy here to read her full-length interview:
«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». Read more: https://seenandheard-international.com/2019/11/zlata-chochievas-unique-chopin-and-rachmaninoff-arrive-in-vancouver/
Zlata Chochieva joins BBC Scottish Symphony at the Usher Hall and Glasgow City Halls to perform Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 with conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens. https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ed4mzc
This role sees her play in five concerts under the baton of Christopher Ward. The programme includes Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Liszt “Malediction” and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Nicolas Dautricourt and Per Nyström.