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Ani Gogova


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Ani Gogova’s “dazzling artistic presence”, “masterful poetic expression”, “ravishing colors”, and “virtuoso technique beyond reproach” have been captivating audiences around the world for almost two decades. Her career started early in her native Bulgaria when she won all major competitions, including the most prestigious National Music Competition “Svetoslav Obretenov”, as well as top prizes in several international competitions for young pianists. Since then Gogova has appeared in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras in Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia, England, Slovenia, Romania, Portugal, Macedonia, France, Canada, and throughout the US. Her solo renditions have been heard on the Bulgarian National Radio, FM Classic Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, and WFMT Chicago.

She has been featured artist and presenter at numerous festivals and conferences including Figueira da Foz Festival, The College Music Society, European Piano Teachers Association, Apollonia Festival of the Arts, Sofia Music Weeks, World Piano Conference, Isidor Bajic International Piano Memorial, and New Bulgarian Music Festival. Throughout her career, Gogova has given several premieres, most notably the world premiere of a work by renowned Bulgarian composer, former Dean of the Bulgarian Conservatory and Minister of Culture, Georgy Kostov.
Acclaimed for her innovative approach to classical music, Ani Gogova appears in over 40 performances each season. Her cutting-edge collaborations with artists of other media such as photography, film, live animation, poetry, fashion, and dance create fresh and memorable classical experiences. Highlights of 2016-2017 season include performances at Carnegie Hall, at Chicago Cultural Center and PianoForte Series in Chicago, tour of the East and West coasts with a music/poetry show, recitals in Canada, and artist residences in Italy and France.

Gogova’s latest album titled “Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares” was released in October of 2014 on Blue Griffin Recording label gathering critical acclaim for her playing being “quite hypnotic”, “eliciting fine nuances”, “project[ing] a special magic “and for its “incisive accuracy” “as if she were Martha Argerich on speed.” (Audiophile Audition) Her next solo album, “The Tempest”, will be released in 2017 and will feature music inspired by the writings of William Shakespeare.

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“Gogova certainly impresses in her applications to the Moonlight Sonata, coloring chords and eliciting fine nuances…In Brahms Gogova may have found her kindred spirit…Suggestion Diabolique Gogova plays purely furioso, as if she is Martha Argerich on speed”
-Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition 2014

“Gogova is a complete modern classical musician, with the ability to communicate her music through straight concert performances, videos, multi-genre presentations, and recordings…I would go out of my way to see her perform.”
-James Harrngton, American Records Guide 2015

This was a very straightforward, deeply felt reading of this sonata [for piano and cello in G minor, Op.5 No.2 by Beethoven] Gogova has an accurate, reliable technique, and it was a pleasure to hear all those triplets in the second movement rolling down like water, sounding natural and never like they were a strain…In the third movement, the two musicians joined winningly in the music’s lightheartedness and spirit of fun. In all, a polished, elegant and attractive performance of this sonata. 

Bartók’s popular Romanian Dances came next, changing the mood of this concert quite a bit, and giving the two a chance to show the more athletic sides of their personalities…This is also a piece that requires the two musicians to be very aware of what each other is doing and work as partners rather than as soloist and accompanist, and that’s exactly what happened here.”
-Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach Arts Paper 2016

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