Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 3:00 PM
CHOPIN Trois Nouvelles Etudes
CHOPIN 12 Etudes, Op. 25
RACHMANINOFF Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22
A relative newcomer to U.S. audiences, Moscow-born Zlata Chochieva is becoming widely recognized for her consummate artistry and keyboard mastery. At the age of five, she made her first stage appearance and two years later gave her debut with an orchestra performing Mozart's Concerto No. 17 in the Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory. When she was twelve, she gave a full recital at Rachmaninoff Hall of Moscow Conservatory that was broadcast on Russian television. Her main teachers were Mikhail Pletnev at the Central Special Music School and Pavel Nersessian at the Moscow State Conservatory, from which she graduated with distinction in 2012. Next came two years of postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg in the class of Professor Jacques Rouvier, who appointed her his assistant in 2013. Over the years Zlata has acquired many international competition prizes, including the Silver Medal in 2010 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 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. 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. Her 2015 CD of the Complete Etudes-Tableaux of Rachmaninoff has likewise earned critical raves and been nominated for the German Record Critics' Award.
"...the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar... Poetic and pianistic command could hardly go further."
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