Angela Cholakian

The art of Angela Cholakian is defining the concept of a performer and The educator of what we call today the “Russian School of piano performance." Born and raised in Russia, she began taking piano lessons at the age of 4.

She was already a pupil of a music school when she was six, and when she was thirteen, she was accepted by the “Tchaikovsky Central School for Gifted Children”in Yerevan, Armenia, where she caused a sensation with public performances of Liszt’s E flat Major, Chopin’s F minor and Brahms’s D minor piano concertos. At the age of seventeen she began to study music at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Yevgeny Malinin, Heinrich Neuhaus’s last assistant. Yevgeny Malinin described Angela’s playing as "...passionate, poetic, and virtuosic..." One of the most celebrated Soviet pianists and composers, Arno Babajanian named Angela Cholakian "the most promising graduate of the year." She was particularly renowned for her dedication to contemporary works and for the meticulousness with which she worked on these with their composers, for example the famous Arno Babajanian, whose complete piano works she performed in concert.

Shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cholakian family emigrated to America. Here, Angela Cholakian founded the well-known “Tchaikovsky Music Academy” in Los Angeles, where piano performance in the tradition of classical Russian style was taught. For ten years she was the Director of this artistic academy, where numerous students from the “Curtis Institute of Music” and the famous “Juilliard School” came to take additional private lessons with Cholakian. During this period, she also received her American “Artist Diploma” and the “Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance” degree.

Angela Cholakian, who has performed concerts in America, Europe, Asia and the former Soviet Union, is a pianist whose phenomenal technique always serves her musical convictions and passion. Her most recent CD recording of Franz Hummel’s Diabelli Variations attracted immediate attention of music critics in Europe, Canada, and USA. In France,  Jean-Yves Duperron wrote: "...Russian pianist Angela Cholakian immediately commands attention by her unflinching technique and uncompromising mastery of the music at hand...," and he named Angela Cholakian “...a worthy successor to the art of Gilels and Richter..." (Classical Music Sentinel, October 29, 2014). Harmonia Mundi regarded Angela Cholakian “as one of the most passionate and original pianists of romantic and contemporary compositions. With her phenomenal technique, she effortlessly puts into practice all that her obsessive imagination demands of her.”

A piano pedagogue with over 25 years of experience, Angela Cholakian has strong committment to the young generation of upcoming pianists.

Today, she teaches as a Professor for Piano at Soochow University School of Music in China, because she is convinced that her legacy must be passed on. She is a frequent guest at masterclasses, lectures, training programs and major piano competitions in China.

In the recent years, Angela Cholakian’s teaching approach drew attention in Europe, where she’s been repeatedly invited to perform and teach in several international summer festivals. In August

2015, Dr. Cholakian’s students received high critical acclaim in the newspapers and online media for their performances in the Athenaeum International Academy for the Performing Arts in Italy and in Sommerakademie Neuburg An Der Donau in Germany.

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