Valentina is a curiosity amongst musicians in the way she connects two different worlds as an artist. She has an extremely strong grounding in classical music traditions and is a highly qualified classical pianist; at the same time she is an expertly trained and experienced popular music vocalist.
In piano, she has specialised in the performance of late-Romantic and contemporary repertoire and has been commended for her contemplative and inventive interpretational choices. In singing, she experiments with different approaches in modern popular styles. Her great scope as a performer advantageously influences her teaching and writing of music.
Valentina has performed in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and orchestral performances. Her considerable performance experience includes Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for electric instruments at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as world and UK premieres of Prokofiev cantatas. She is glad to have performed in prestigious venues such as Cadogan Hall and Royal Festival Hall.
Valentina holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as well as a Master of Music in Popular Music Performance in Voice with Distinction from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. She completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her teachers include Mikhail Kazakevich and Maria Krivenski in piano, and Laura Zakian and Anne-Marie Speed in jazz and popular singing.
Since launching her teaching career in London, Valentina has become a sought-after teacher in both piano and voice.