Ever since, the dynamic duo has appeared in numerous recitals and chamber music collaborations throughout the United States and Europe to great audience and critical acclaim.
Their adventurous programming has led them to musical explorations and collaborations with contemporary composers and has inspired them to create platforms for cultural exchange between the United States and Eastern Europe. The duo often presents the works of American composers in Bulgaria and vise versa, brings music from the Balkans to the Western stages.
The duo appears regualarly at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Kennedy Center, and at many international chamber music festivals and concert series, including Sofia Music Weeks in Bulgaria, Baståd Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
Their program "East of Budapest", featuring composers from Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Albania, was presented at universities across the country, including New York University (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World), the New School, Louisianna State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. Their debut CD of Béla Bartók's Violin and Piano Rhapsodies and Sonatas is available on Gega New through ArkivMusic.
Future projects include collaboration with the "Europe Now" Journal in New York, World Artists Experiences in Washington, D.C., and recordings of works by Dobrinka Tabakova and Henry Cowell for Bulgarian National Radio “Sofia”.
Lora and Georgy are both distinguished Juilliard graduates. Lora received her Doctorate of Musical Arts under the guidance of the great American pianist Seymour Lipkin and the contemporary music champion Joel Sachs. Georgy was a pupil of the world renowned violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. Their duo projects have been supported by numerous grants and awards by the American Foundation for Bulgaria, the Kitterege Fund, The Arthur Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Forum.
The Duo has performed the majority of the standard classical Violin and Piano repertoire, most notably the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin (in three concerts), the three Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin as well as the sonata masterpieces for Violin and Piano of Ravel, Debussy, Strauss, Mozart, Faure, Franck, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Grieg. In addition, they frequently program the works of Yanáček, Enescu, Bartók, Vladigeroff, Leviev, Tabakova, and many other 20th and 21st century masters.
Georgy Valtchev,violin, Lora Tchekoratova, piano, Rafael Piccolloto de Lima,composer, and Svet Stoyanov, percussion after the premiere of “Bulgarian Spices”, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bulgarian Concert Evenings 1oth Anniversary Opening Night Gala in New York.
Photo by Ani Collier