Faculty Profile

Ani Gogova

NMS Piano Faculty
Piano Faculty


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. Most recently, Gogova has performed at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Harris Theater, PianoForte and Chicago Cultural Center, and the Embassy of Bulgaria in Washington. Highlights of 2017-2018 season include her debut as soloist with the State Orchestra of Mexico, appearances as chamber musician at series in Chicago and New York, tour of the East and West coasts with a music/poetry show, 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 2018 and will feature music inspired by the writings of William Shakespeare.

An avid chamber musician, Gogova performs regularly in iAN&ANi Duo with Russian cellist Ian Maksin. Their performances have been featured on NPR’s Worldview, Bulgarian National Radio, WFMT Chicago, TED Talks, and have been selected as Critics’ Pick by Time Out Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. Their multimedia concert “Tango Obsession” was sold out for 5 consecutive nights at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago. In 2012 iAN&ANi Duo released their debut album “Tango plus” featuring music by Piazzolla, Ravel, Ginastera, De Falla, Shchedrin, and a world premiere of a work by Chicago-based composer Ilya Levinson commissioned by the duo. The duo is frequently invited to perform at the Chicago Cultural Center, Mostly Music in Chicago, Unity Temple Concert series in Oak Park, Northeastern Illinois University’s Jewel Box Series, Live on WFMT from PianoForte Studios, Southwest Michigan Symphony Music Series, Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series and others.

Equally at home as a performer and producer, Ani Gogova is the Executive Director of Anima Productions. In this capacity, she has been in charge of numerous productions, most notably the world premiere recording of music for baritone and string quartet by Ricky Ian Gordon presented at Lincoln Center in New York last season, as well as productions at the most prestigious concert halls in New York and Chicago including Carnegie Hall, Harris Theatre, and Old Town School for Folk Music featuring artists such as GRAMMY award winning soprano Barbara Frittoli, Metropolitan star Elizabeth Norberg Schultz, and world-music phenomenon Theodosii Spasov, to name a few. In addition, Gogova has co-produced several music films directed by Russian director Sergei Kvitko, most notably “Moments” featuring her on the piano in collaboration with Lucas Segovia of the Joffrey Ballet and “Strings Detached” featuring iAN&ANi duo and ballerina Abigail Simon.

Gogova came to the US to complete her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on a full scholarship and has made her home in Chicago since 2003 when she was appointed at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, becoming the youngest professor to join the world-renowned faculty of the Music Conservatory at the time. Her dedication to education and collaboration with young musicians has led to numerous master classes, adjudication at national and international piano competitions, and teaching young pianist from all over the world at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.