Perche No

Lada Valešová

Pianist Lada Valešová continues to make an indelible mark with her original artistry, imaginative music exploration and dramaturgy, best described in a review in International Piano magazine for her AVIE debut Intimate Studies: “You have to take your hat off to someone who can plan a recital CD with the imaginative insight of the investigative musicologist and then execute it with such musicianly sensitivity”. Lada’s musical personality is perfectly captured in another quote, this time from the prominent French music magazine Diapason: “off the beaten track… distinguished by inspired and modern interpretation”.

Lada graduated from the Prague Conservatoire and Prague Music Academy, followed by London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded a full three-year scholarship and where she is now a professor. She has been taught by late pedagogue Valentina Kameníkova, one of the most prominent pianists in former Czechoslovakia, and Eugene Indjic, a pupil of Arthur Rubinstein. While her pianism is anchored in the Eastern European tradition her playing has been further refined and influenced by her studies with James Gibb and Paul Hamburger at GSMD during her last eighteen years of creative life in London.

Lada’s performances have won several honours including two awards at the International Smetana Piano Competition, Best Piano Duo (with Zoë Mather) and the Alexander Wise Memorial Prize for the best performance of Romantic music. She has earned recognition from eminent artists such as Sir George Solti and Sir Charles Mackerras.

As both a solo and collaborative concert pianist Lada is in high demand, with recitals taking her to many European countries and as far overseas as New Zealand. Her debut recital at the Wigmore Hall earned her the claim that she is “one of the most gifted accompanists of all” (Music Opinion). Since then she has had returned to the Wigmore Hall as a soloist playing Czech piano music. She has performed at St. John’s Smith Square, the Royal Opera House and continues to appear in festivals and concerts in the Czech Republic in venues such as Dvořák Hall in Prague as well as in prestigious concert series such as Czech Philharmonics Chamber Music Society. In the UK she has performed at festivals including the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Warwick International Music Festival.

She has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, BBC 3 Breakfast and Classic FM, as well as on a number of European, New Zealand and US radio stations. To mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth Lada performed in Phil Grabsky’s award-winning feature documentary ‘In Search of Mozart’ to great critical acclaim.

Her second solo piano CD with Avie Records entitled “Dumka” is due to be released in July 2014.