Lora Tchekoratova, Piano (USA, Bulgaria)
Pianist Lora Tchekoratova’s professional journey has been multifaceted. At age 21 she won first prize at the Washington International Competition for pianists where she was also awarded the audience prize and the prize for the youngest finalist. Subsequently, Ms. Tchekoratova made her debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC., followed by recital appearances throughout the United States, most notably at the Phillips Collection (broadcast over WGTS-FM), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as in Alexandria, Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York. A native of Bulgaria, Ms. Tchekoratova moved to the United States in 1992 where she studied at The Juilliard School and received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as a student of Seymour Lipkin. She has made numerous recordings for Radio and Television in Bulgaria, Sweden, Finland, and the US. Her CD recordings for Gega New have been received with worldwide critical acclaim.
In 2005 she co-founded the concert series Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York at the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria. She is also the chair of the “Unbeaten Path Foundation” a nonprofit organization in Bulgaria and as such organizes a summer chamber music festival in the picturesque village of Kovachevitsa in Bulgaria. In recent years, in addition to performing as soloist and chamber musicians, Ms. Tchekoratova has devoted herself to teaching and mentoring of extraordinarily gifted young musician. She is a founding member of Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York and the Artistic Director of the renowned organization Salon de Virtuosi, which provides performances and career grants to emerging young talents. Ms. Tchekoratova serves on the faculty of Mannes Prep at the New School.