“What really distinguished Zlata Chochieva’s playing was an extraordinary richness of tone, a sensitivity to the musical phrase and the way she used her first-class technical skills to serve the music.” David Fleshler, South Florida Classical Review
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. She went on to participate in master-classes with many world-renowned professors, including Pavel Gililov, Pascal Devoyon, Dmitriy Bashkirov, Paul Badura-Skoda, Abdel El Bacha, Jerome Lowenthal, Stephen Kovacevich. She completed her postgraduate degree with Jacques Rouvier at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where Zlata currently resides.
Zlata Chochieva has received top awards in several important competitions. She is Gold Medal winner 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.
She has been regularly appearing at world-famous concert halls like the Herkulessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia and has performed with numerous major orchestras, including “Russian National Orchestra”, “National Philharmonic of Russia”, “Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra”.
Her discography includes two CDs with “Piano Classics” Label. Her recording of Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin and First Sonata received outstanding reviews in several prestigious classical music magazines including “Gramophone”, “Fono Forum” and “Piano News”. Her recent recording of Chopin’s complete Etudes with the same label has been nominated for the “The German Record Critics’ Award” (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Critics have already placed this recording among the most noteworthy versions of the Chopin Etudes: “It is certainly one of the most consistently inspired, masterfully executed and beautiful-sounding versions I can recall.”(Jeremy Nichols, Gramophone), “This recording goes straight into the premier league, together with Perahia and Pollini.” (Jan de Kruijff, Musicalifeiten.nl)
Highlights of the current and upcoming concert seasons include an appearance at the Lugano Festival “Il Progetto Martha Argerich”, recitals at the Paris Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, a return to the Miami Piano Festival as well as Moscow State Philharmonic’s project “Stars of the 21st Century” which includes performing recitals and concerts with orchestras in almost all of the important culture centers in Russia.