Lada Valesova’s debut CD of Czech Piano Music Intimate Studies, followed by her second album Dumka on Avie Records label have received universal international critical acclaim. Half Czech and half Russian, and having lived and worked in London for the last twenty years, Lada enjoys exploring and presenting to the public lesser known repertoire with Slavic and middle European links. Her next recording to be released in spring 2017 on Resonus Classics label, offers in-depth exploration of chamber music by Czech Jewish composer Pavel Haas.
Lada Valešová graduated from the Prague Conservatoire and Prague Music Academy, followed by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is now a professor. For the last couple of decades she has been introducing young singers to the Russian and Czech Vocal repertoire in the her popular class. She is also in great demand by the international opera companies as an expert on Russian and Czech operatic repertoire.
She was taught by late pedagogue Valentina Kameníková, one of the most prominent pianists in former Czechoslovakia, and Eugene Indjic, a pupil of Artur Rubinstein. She refined and broadened her pianistic horizons during her studies in London with late pianists James Gibb and Paul Hamburger, and earned recognition from artists such as Sir Georg Solti and Sir Charles Mackerras. Lada has performed in Europe, and as far as New Zealand. In UK she has performed at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, Oxford Lieder Festival, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Warwick International Music Festival, and others. She has performed in Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and at the Lindbury Studio, ROH. She was featured on the BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Radio New Zealand, Czech Radio Vltava and RTÉ Radio 1 Arts Show, Ireland.
In the spring 2017 she will perform in a highly anticipated production of Janáček’s Diary of One who Disappeared with tenor Ed Lyon under the direction of Ivo van Hoven, world renown director, and founder of the Toneelgroep Amsterdam Theatre Company.
Lada Valešová talks about Bohuslav Martinů, his music and the concert at The Forge, London, organised by Nonclassical and Czech Centre London and supported by the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation.
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