BMus - Liceu Conservatory, Barcelona (SPAIN)
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English, Catalan
Claudia Valetta, born in Barcelona, started her music studies at the City Conservatory of her hometown where she finished her pre-college studies in piano and chamber music with honors. In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, where she had studied under the guidance of Stanislav Pochekin, achieving outstanding results. Later, she continued her piano studies with Prof. Pochekin during 4 more years seeking the piano excellence and preparing recitals and piano competitions.
Interested in expanding her musical training and seeking piano excellence, she received masterclasses from international renowned pianists and teachers such as Josep Colom and Albert Attenelle (Liceu Conservatory, Barcelona), Oxana Yablonskaya (Juilliard School), Mikhail Voskressensky (Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow), Galina Egyazarova (Reina Sofía Music School in Madrid), Imre Rohman (Mozarteum University in Salzburg), István Gulyás (Liszt Academy in Budapest). Also interested in other musical disciplines, she pursued a choir and orchestra conduction course with Daniel Antolí.
She has been selected to participate in top European international piano festivals such as Barcelona Piano Academy (BPA) - International Summer Piano Festival, where she received masterclasses by renowned international pianists such as Christopher Elton (Royal Academy of Music, London), David Kuyken (Amsterdam Conservatory), Antonio Sánchez Lucena (Granada Conservatory and Andalusia International University), Albert Attenelle and Stanislav Pochekin, as well as at the Gabala International Music Festival in Azerbaijan, where she worked with Oxana Yablonskaya and Vladimir Viardo (University of North Texas) and at the Internationale Klavierakademie Muuhardt in Germany, with Felix Gottlieb and Karl Heinz Kammerling.
Claudia Valetta made her debut as a soloist at the emblematic Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and has also given recitals throughout Europe both as a soloist and as a chamber music performer, as well as accompanying renowned opera singers. Critics has described her as "an excellent pianist, with great solvency and brilliant pianism, who possesses a varied dynamic range, delicacy, sensitivity, and expressive force in her perfromances". She has appeared in radio and televisions in Spain, Italy, France and Germany.
She has performed under the direction of conductors such as Guerassim Voronkov (associate conductor at the Liceu opera Theatre in Barcelona), Nicola Samale (conductor of the New Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Rome), Manel Valdivieso (artistic conductor of the Youth Catalan Symphony Orchestra) and Daniel Antolí (conductor of the Barcelona Filharmonia Orchestra). She has premiered worldwide a new instrument called Diáphano (invented and built by the Barcelona-based luthier Xavier García) at the Palau Güell in Barcelona.
She has often participated in piano competitions and she has obtained outstanding results in many of them, being awarded numerous prizes and special mentions. Just to name a few, she was awarded the 1st Prize at the Ricard Viñes International Piano Competition in Lérida, Spain, the 1st Prize at the San Sebastian International Competition, the 3rd prize at the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale 'Roma", 1st prize at the “Ciutat de Carlet" International Piano Competition, the "Beethoven Prize" at the Palma de Mallorca Rotary Club Competition, and the "Trinity College Award" for the best Spanish contestant at the María Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona.
Claudia Valetta has an extensive experience of over 13 years teaching privately and in music schools. Since 2013 she serves as a piano faculty at the Liceu Conservatory Pre-College division, where she has been the Head of the Piano Department from 2016 to 2019. She has recently been appointed to the NYC Piano Academy faculty where she teaches students of all levels and ages.