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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, and in 2012 graduated with distinction from Moscow State Conservatory under the instruction of Pavel Nersessian. Chochieva went on to participate in masterclasses with many world-renowned professors, including Pavel Gililov, Pascal Devoyon, Dmitri Bashkirov, Paul Badura-Skoda, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Jerome Lowenthal, and Stephen Kovacevich. From 2012 to 2014, she attended the postgraduate course at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, with Professor Jacques Rouvier. In 2013 he appointed Chochieva his assistant.


CHOPIN Trois nouvelles études, B.130
12 Etudes, Op. 25
RACHMANINOFF Variations on a Theme of Chopin, Op. 22
Program Notes (PDF)


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Zlata Chochieva

Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

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.”

At the age of five, she 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, as a 12-year-old, she gave a full recital at Rachmaninov 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. Subsequently, she did two years of postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg in the class of Professor Jacques Rouvier, who in 2013 appointed her his assistant. Over the years she has acquired many international competition prizes, including Shimanovsky International Competition (Poland), Tivoli Piano Competition (Denmark), Mozart Prize at ARD Competition (Germany), First prizes at Frechilla-Zuloaga Competition (Spain) and Alberto Fano Piano Competition (Italy) and Silver Medal 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, while her Chopin Complete Etudes disc (2014) was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), selected as an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, and listed among Gramophone’s 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.

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