Lora Tchekoratova’s professional journey has been multifaceted. At age 21 she won first prizeat the Washington International Competitionfor 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 Centerin Washington, DC. followed by recital appearances throughout the United States, most notably at the Phillips Collection(broadcast over WGTS-FM), Weill Recital Hall atCarnegie Hall, as well as in Alexandria, Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York. Thereafter, she became a sought-after soloist and recitalist frequently performing in major venues throughout the world. During the 2017/2018 Season, Ms. Tchekoratova is engaged to perform as soloist and chamber musician in New York, Washington, Toronto, Miami, Boston, St. Thomas, Chicago as well as in Europe.
As an active advocate for new music, Ms. Tchekoratova has premiered numerous contemporary works by American and Bulgarian composers. Currently, she is the co-chair of Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York, a concert series, dedicated to the presentation of music and musicians from Bulgaria. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Fund, the Puffin Foundation, the Arthur Foundationand the Kittredge Fundhave all awarded her grants for the presentation of lesser-known music from her country. In addition, she has presented Bulgarian music on tour with her husband, represented by the organization World Artists Experiencesin Washington, D.C. She has appeared at many festivals for new music, such as Focus,Summergarden, and Piano Centuryat the Juilliard Theater, MoMA, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Recently Tchekoratova performed at the American Composers' Festivalin New York's Symphony Space, and the Keys to the Futurefestival for new and recent piano music in New York. Tchekoratova is a champion of composer Dobrinka Tabakova. Recently she presented several concerts and talks, featuring Tabakova's solo piano and chamber music in the United States.
Lora Tchekoratova is a dedicated chamber musician. She frequently performs with her husband, violinist Georgy Valtchev. During the past season they presented a series of concerts in Maryland, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York. She also appears regularly in various chamber music programs with members of the New World Symphony, where she was a fellow for two seasons under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. These collaborations led her to performances in Miami (at the Lincoln Theater,) Palm Beach (Kravis Center,) New York (Union Club), as well as on tours in Boston, Long Island; and abroad in Prague, Rome, and Monte Carlo. She has also been a featured artist at many international festivals, including Kuhmo Nuori Musikiiin Finland; Lappland Festspeland Bastad Festspelin Sweden; Kneisel Hallin Blue Hill, Maine; Apolonia, and Sofia Music Weeksin Bulgaria. In the summer of 2017, Ms. Tchekoratova established the nonprofit foundation Unbeaten Pathin her native country and plans to launch a chamber music festival in the ancient village of Kovachevitsain the summer of 2018.
In addition to performing, Lora spends significant time devoted to teaching, mentoring and promoting extraordinarily gifted classical musicians from around the world. In June of 2017, she became theArtistic Directorof the renowned nonprofit organization Salon de Virtuosifounded by the late concert pianistCharlotte White. The Salon’s mission is to seeks out the most gifted young artists and to support and promote their careers by presenting them in unique venues throughout New York City in the tradition of the 19th century Salon and awarding them scholarships and career grants. As piano pedagogue Ms. Tchekoratova is a saughtafter faculty member ofMannes Prep, the 92nd Street Y School of Music, the Lucy Moses School of Music, and the Kneisel Hall Adult Chamber Music Institutein Blue Hill, Maine.
Lora Tchekoratova began her piano studies at age four and gave her first recital five years later at the State Music School in Sofia, Bulgaria. At age eighteen, she continued her studies at The Juilliard Schoolin New York City, where she received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as a student of Seymour Lipkin. Other teachers include Lydia Kuteva, Vessela Marinova, Prof. Jenny Zaharieva, and Oxana Yablonskaya. 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.