Lora Tchekoratova

Pianist Lora Tchekoratova has been praised for her virtuoso performances of music from the 19th and 20th centuries. In her vast repertoire, she shows particular interest in new music from the United States and Eastern Europe. She has made numerous recordings for radio and television stations in the United States, Finland, Sweden, and Bulgaria. In 2005, together with distinguished Bulgarian musicians, and the American Foundation for Bulgaria, she co-founded the concert series Bulgarian Concert Evenings at the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in New York. Tchekoratova has been co-chair of the organization for twelve consecutive seasons, performing and presenting music from Bulgaria to the American public as well as providing opportunities for collaboration between Bulgarian and American artists of international acclaim.

As an active advocate for new music, Ms. Tchekoratova has premiered numerous contemporary works. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Fund, the Puffin Foundation, the Arthur Foundation and the Kittredge Fund have all awarded her grants for the presentation of lesser-known music. In addition, she has presented Bulgarian music on tour, represented by the organization World Artists Experiences of Washington, D.C. She has appeared at many festivals for new music, such as Focus, Summergarden, and Piano Century at the Juilliard Theater, MoMA, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Recently Tchekoratova performed at the American Composers' Festival in New York's Symphony Space, and the Keys to the Future festival for new and recent piano music at Greenwich House, New York. Tchekoratova is a champion of composer Dobrinka Tabakova. Recently she presented several concerts and talks, featuring Tabakova's chamber music at Carnegie's Weill Recital.

Lora Tchekoratova is a dedicated chamber musician. She frequently performs with violinist Georgy Valtchev. This 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 (Lincoln Theater and the New World Center,) 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 Musikii in Finland; Lappland Festspel and Bastad Festspel in Sweden; Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine; and Sofia Music Weeks in Bulgaria.

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 School in New York City, where she received her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as a student of Seymour Lipkin and Joel Sachs. While still a student, she won numerous scholarships, awards, grants, and the first prize of 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.