Born in Moscow and now based in Berlin, pianist Zlata Chochieva’s teachers have included Mikhail Pletnev at the Central Special Music School, and Pavel Nersessian at the Moscow State Conservatory. After graduating with distinction, she went on to complete two years of postgraduate studies under Professor Jacques Rouvier at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, where she also taught as his assistant.
Chochieva has appeared at many of the world’s most notable concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, and has performed with numerous major orchestras including the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Russian National Orchestra. Conductors Chochieva has enjoyed working with include Simon Gaudenz, Terje Mikkelsen, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Mikhail Pletnev, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Spivakov, and Karl-Heinz Steffens.
She has been regularly invited to leading music festivals across Europe and beyond, as guest artist in the Serate Musicali series in Milan and at Zaubersee Festival Lucerne, and the Miami International Piano Festival where she returns regularly for teaching, masterclasses and performing. Chochieva established the International Festival at Rachmaninov’s estate in Ivanovka and has been a Director since 2018.
Over the years Chochieva has acquired many international competition prizes, including Szymanovsky 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 Favourite. She joined the esteemed jury for the 15th Geza Anda Competition in Zurich.
With her highly-praised recordings of works by Chopin and Rachmaninov, Chochieva came to international attention and, with her latest disc (re)creations, has been nominated for several awards including an Opus Klassik Award and the Schallplattenkritik award which she won in the keyboard category.