Award-winning violist Ana Valero offers chamber music concerts on a regular basis, having performed in countries like Russia, Morocco, Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Croatia, Sweden, and Italy. Her repertoire, both solo and collaborative, spans from the baroque style to the 21st-century music.
Between 2010 and 2017, she combined her performing career with her violin and viola teacher position at the International School of The Hague and her collaboration with orchestras like Sinfonia Rotterdam and Camerata Amsterdam.
In 2018, she moves to Madrid where she is viola teacher at the Getafe Professional Conservatory of Music and where she collaborates with Rtve orchestra and the chamber music cycle of the National Orchestra, OCNE.
With her different chamber music projects, she has appeared in halls like Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam, The Statenzaal in Zwolle and the Muziekcentrum in Enschede, Teatro Real in Madrid, National Auditorium of Music in Madrid, Palazzo Barberini in Rome, as in many international festivals.
In 2015, she records a CD under the classical music label iTinerant, with the contemporary music trio Horák Conexion, with whom she has taken part in important festivals such as Carmelo Bernaola in Vitoria and Encontre Internacional de Compositores within the historical foundation Aca in Mallorca.
Since 2016, she performs in numerous festivals with Spanish guitarist Raúl Viela, under the name Alenta duo. Ana Valero also offers concerts in a regular basis with the viola and piano duo Ana Valero & Sergey Smirnov, since 2003, including performances in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam (during Dutch Classical Talent and Dutch Viola Society events) the Statenzaal in Zwolle and the Muziekcentrum in Enschede, among many others.
Currently, she is involved in deep research concerning repertoire written by female composers, and working on its arrangement and transcription for the viola.
Born in Huesca, Spain, she started her musical education at the age of six. In 2008, she graduated from Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Aragon (Zaragoza, Spain) under the guidance of Casals Quartet and Alan Kovacs, obtaining the highest grades in Viola and Chamber Music. She obtained her Master’s degree in The Netherlands, having studied with Julia Dinerstein and Mikhail Kugel. In 2015, she coursed an additional year at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Mikhail Zemtsov. She has also taken master classes with Lawrence Power, Maxim Risanov, Alexander Zemtsov, Lawrence Dutton, Hariolf Schlichtig, and Gordan Nikolic among others. An avid chamber musician, she has also received musical advice from Benzion Shamir, Asdis Valdimarsdottir, Gordan Nikolic, Stefan Metz, Henk Guittart and Jerusalem Quartet among many others.
Since 2009, she obtained awards in several international competitions; like the first prize at the International Competition Anemos in Rome in 2011, first prize at the International Music Competition in Belgrade in 2014, the absolute prize at Don Vicenzo Vitti International Competition in Italy in 2014 and 2nd prize at London Grand Prize Virtuoso in 2015 to name a few.
Since 2016, she plays a Dupont bow, courtesy of Dutch foundation Eigenmuziekinstrument.
Photography © Mariano Valero
- 2nd prize at London Grand Prize Virtuoso, United Kingdom, February 2015.
- Absolute prize at 13th International Competition Don Vicenzo Vitti, Italy. December 2014.
- 1st Soloist prize at International Music Competition in Belgrade, Serbia. May 2014.
- 1st Soloist prize at The International Competition Anemos in Rome, Italy. May 2011.
- 2nd Soloist prize at the International Competition Citta di Asti, Italy. February 2011.
- 2nd Soloist prize at the International Competition Citta di Barletta, Italy, April 2009.