Lora Tchekoratova

Pianist and Chair

Lora Tchekoratova

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Lora Tchekoratova began playing the piano at the age of four, and soon became a student of the legendary pedagogue Lydia Kuteva. At the age of nine she gave her first solo recital at the Lyubomir Pipkov High School, where she received her primary education. In Bulgaria she also studied with Vessela Marinova and Prof. Jenny Zaharieva.

In 1992, at the advice of Prof. Zaharieva, she continued her education at the Juilliard School in New York. As a student of Seymour Lipkin, Lora received her Bachelor's, Baster's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees and became the first Bulgarian to receive a doctorate from Juilliard School. Her dissertation is dedicated to the piano works of Dimitar Nenov. While a student, she won a number of scholarships and awards, including First prize at the Washington International Piano Competition. Her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC was followed by recitals, chamber concerts and participations in international festivals at the most prestigious stages in the United States and Europe.

Lora Tchekoratova is a renowned performer of virtuoso piano music from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Her extensive repertoire includes numerous works from the chamber music repertoire and compositions by the great composers of Eastern Europe. She has recorded numerous times for radio and television in the United States, Finland, Sweden, and Bulgaria. Since 2005, together with notable Bulgarian musicians and the American Foundation for Bulgaria, she co-created the concert series "Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York" at the Consulate General of Bulgaria in New York and led the organization of the concerts for seventeen consecutive seasons. She teaches at Mannes Prep at the New School in New York and is the Artistic Director of the Salon of the Virtuosos. Since 2018 she is the Chair of the Off the Beaten Path Foundation in Bulgaria.

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