Pianist Lora Tchekoratova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She began her piano studies at age four. Soon after, she became a pupil of the legendary piano pedagogue Lydia Kuteva. At age nine, Lora gave her first solo recital at the State Music School "Lubomir Pipkov" where she received her high-school education. In Bulgaria she also studied with Vessela Marinova and Prof. Jenny Zaharieva. In 1992, at the suggestion of Prof. Zaharieva, Lora moved to the United States where she continued her studies at the Juilliard School in New York. As a student of Seymour Lipkin, Ms. Tchekoratova earned her Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees, thus becoming the first Bulgarian musician to hold a Doctorate from Juilliard. While still a student, she won numerous scholarships, awards, grants, and the first prize at the 1996 Washington International Competition for Pianists. Her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. was followed by recitals and chamber music appearances throughout the United States and in Europe.

Lora Tchekoratova has been praised for her virtuoso performances of piano music from the 19th and 2oth centuries. In her vast repertoire, she shows a particular interest towards the music from Eastern Europe. Although she is a sought-after soloist, she spends significant time performing chamber music. Ms. Tchekoratova appears regularly in performances with her husband, violinist Georgy Valtchev, and as a guest artist at major international chamber music festivals. She has made numerous recordings for radio and television stations in the United States, Finland, Sweden, and Bulgaria. In 2oo5, together with distinguished Bulgarian musicians, and the American Foundation for Bulgaria, she co-founded the concert series Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York at the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in New York.