Since coming to international attention with her highly praised recordings of works by Chopin and Rachmaninov, and hailed by Gramophone as “the possessor of a comprehensive technique who brings an inner glow to every bar”, Zlata Chochieva has become known for her distinctive voice amongst pianists.
Chochieva has appeared at many prestigious concert halls, festivals and with major orchestras across Europe and beyond, including Konzerthaus Berlin, London’s Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Teatro La Fenice, Vienna Konzerthaus, Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Victoria Hall in Singapore, the Lucerne Festival, and Miami International Piano Festival. Conductors Chochieva has enjoyed working with include Simon Gaudenz, Terje Mikkelsen, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Mikhail Pletnev, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Spivakov, and Karl-Heinz Steffens.
Now signed exclusively with Naïve records, Chochieva is set to release her second disc on the label this season, adding to her award-winning discography. Her first album on the label, Chiaroscuro (May 2022), is a combination of Mozart and Scriabin, coinciding with Scriabin’s 150th anniversary year and was crowned Critic’s Choice in International Piano Magazine. Chochieva’s previous disc (re)creations on Accentus won a Schallplattenkritik award in the keyboard category and was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.
Giving her orchestral debut at eight at the Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, Chochieva was born in Moscow and is now a resident of Berlin. Her teachers have included Mikhail Pletnev at the Central Special Music School and Pavel Nersessian at the Moscow State Conservatory. Subsequently, Chochieva completed two years of postgraduate studies under Professor Jacques Rouvier at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg where she was his assistant for several years.
Chochieva established the International Festival at Rachmaninov’s estate in Ivanovka and has been Director since 2018.