In October 2014, Harmonia Mundi wrote:“Angela Cholakian is regarded 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.” She is equally accomplished as a collaborative artist, educator, and lecturer. In recent years, her popularity grew significantly in China and Europe. In summer 2014, she was invited to start piano course in the famous Athenaeum Summer Academy for the Performing Arts in Rome, affiliated with Santa Cecilia Conservatory, the oldest conservatory in Italy. In addition, starting in August 2015, Angela Cholakian will be collaborating with the Sommeracademie in Neuburg An Der Donau in Germany.In October 2014, the CD recording of Angela Cholakian's performance of Franz Hummel's "33 Diabelli Variations" was released in Europe, North America and Japan.In his recent review, Jean-Yves Duperron, a prominent French musical critic, wrote in Classical Music Sentinel:"...Russian pianist Angela Cholakian immediately commands attention by her unflinching technique and uncompromising mastery of the music at hand. Her expressive playing always suits the style, and even adds to the character, of each and every different variation. The booklet notes indicate that she seems to be a worthy successor to the art of such pianists as Gilels and Richter. I believe a correction is in order. The word "is" should replace "seems to be" in my opinion.”
Born and raised in Russia, Angela Cholakian was trained in the best traditions of Russian School of Piano Performance. 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 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 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.
Shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cholakian family immigrated to America. Here, Angela founded the well-known “Tchaikovsky Music Academy” in Los Angeles, where piano 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 “Dr. of Musical Arts in Piano Performance”.
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.
A piano pedagogue with over 25 years of experience, Angela Cholakian has strong committment to preservation of the best of European and Russian piano performance traditions. 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. An ardent supporter of young talents, Angela Cholakian is often invited to judge piano competitions in the US and China and to lecture on piano performnace pedagogy.