安吉拉·齐拉亁（Angela Cholakian）博士是一位出色的钢琴演奏家、协奏艺术家和教育家，早些年已与中国有着不解之缘，而中国古典音乐的发展更令她感到惊叹。为感谢广大乐迷长久以来对她的支持与厚爱，本次Angela Cholakian钢琴独奏音乐会将在2020年3月8日开演，将为众乐迷带来巴赫、莫扎特、舒伯特、李斯特、肖邦的经典曲目。现场更可以与演奏家面对面对话，探讨音乐，带观众们进入音乐家的世界，共同徜徉乐海。
（Richard Todd，加拿大Wolfgangs Tonic，2014年12月15日）
具有"俄罗斯学派钢琴演奏"出身的Angela Cholakian，她的艺术造诣不仅涵盖了演奏，还囊括了教学。她出生并成长在俄罗斯，4岁开始学习钢琴，6岁时已经成为了专业音乐院校的学生，13岁便被座落于亚美尼亚的柴可夫斯基天才儿童学校录取，其公开演奏也在那里引起了轰动，其中包括了李斯特降E大调钢琴协奏曲，肖邦F小调钢琴协奏曲，勃拉姆斯D小调钢琴协奏曲等。17岁时，Angela Cholakian开始在莫斯科国立柴可夫斯基音乐学院学习并师从于著名的钢琴家Yevgeny Malinin (俄派奠基人之一Heinrich Neuhaus的最后一位助教)。Yevgeny Malinin对Angela的评价极高，亦是第一位称赞她"…是一位充满浪漫情怀、诗意、并富有激情和炫技性的钢琴演奏家…"。不仅如此，Dr. Cholakian也致力于精心钻研以及演奏当代作品，她对于当代作品的精彩诠释，获得了作曲家的高度的赞扬，她曾在音乐会中演奏了著名作曲家Arno Babajanian所有的钢琴作品。而近年来，她又与当代最为杰出的德国作曲家之一Franz Hummel进行紧密合作，不仅是对他的作品进行公演以及录制唱片，更是担任了他本人许多作品的世界首演者。
在美国洛杉矶，Angela创立了教授俄国演奏学派的"柴可夫斯基音乐学府"。在担任音乐学校总监的十多年里，许多包括柯蒂斯音乐学院与朱莉亚音乐学院在内的学生也曾慕名前来找她授课。在这期间内，Angela Cholakian也在美国获得了钢琴演奏博士学位(DMA)和艺术家文凭(Artist Diploma)。
Dr. Cholakian的演出足迹遍布美国、欧洲、亚洲及前苏联。她的音乐信念和激情造就了她非凡的技术。她最近所录制的著名当代作曲家Franz Hummel所创作的《迪亚贝利变奏曲-Diabelli Variations》的唱片一经在欧洲、加拿大和美国发行上市立刻引起了许多乐评家的广泛关注。在法国，Jean-Yves Duperron这样写到："…俄罗斯钢琴家Angela Cholakian因她所拥有娴熟、精湛的音乐技巧，立即就会引起人们对她的注意…"，同时他也称赞Angela是"…钢琴家Gilels和Richter名副其实的继承者…"（Classical Music Sentinel，2014年10月29日）
作为拥有超过30年的钢琴教学经验的钢琴教育者，她一直致力于年轻一代钢琴家的培养。目前Angela Cholakian教授受聘于刚成立不久的国际型院系-苏州大学音乐学院钢琴系，她认为好的钢琴演奏传统应该得以传承。她作为特邀嘉宾经常出席国内外的讲座、大师课、专业指导和大型的钢琴比赛。近年来，Angela Cholakian的教学方法在欧洲引起了关注。她多次受到邀请表演和教学授课在多个国际夏季音乐节上。她的学生在国际舞台上出色的演出，获得了意大利、德国、中国香港等地媒体的高度评价。安吉拉博士于2019年11月，被邀在"全国第四届钢琴教学研讨会" 上做了重要讲座。
"Her playing brings to mind the great Russian pianists of the last
century, especially Gilels..."
(Richard Todd, Wolfgangs Tonic, Dec.15, 2014)
The art of Angela Cholakian is defining the concept of a performer and educator of what we call today "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 Armenia, where she caused a sensation with public performances of Liszts E flat Major, Chopins F minor and Brahmss D minor piano concertos. At the age of seventeen she began to study music at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia with Yevgeny Malinin, who was Heinrich Neuhauss last assistant at Moscow Conservatory (the latter also raised and taught Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Vladimir Krainev, Alexei Lubimov and Grigory Sokolov, and Amalia Baibourtian, Angelas first piano teacher). Yevgeny Malinin spoke highly about Angela and was the first one to describe her as "...a pianist of the romantic style, passionate, poetic, and virtuosic..." 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 concerts. In the recent years, Angela has been working with a distinguished contemporary German composer Franz Hummel, whose compositions she performs and records.
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 Angela Cholakian. During this period, she also received her American "Artist Diploma" and the "Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance" degree, and started her performance career.
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 2014 CD recording of Franz Hummels 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).
A piano pedagogue with over 30 years of experience, Angela Cholakian has strong commitment to the young generation of pianists. Today, she teaches as a Professor for Piano at Soochow University School of Music in China, because she is convinced that the best traditions of the past and her legacy must be passed on. She is a frequent guest at international festivals, masterclasses, lectures, pedagogy seminars, teacher-training programs and piano competitions in China and abroad. In the recent years, Angela Cholakians students demonstrated outstanding achievements in piano performance, receiving high praise in reviews following concert performances in China and several international festivals in Italy, Germany, and Hong Kong. In November 2019, Angela Cholakian was invited as a lecturer to the 4th National Piano Pedagogues Seminar in China.