Russia who attended the Gnesiny State Musical
Pedagogical Institute and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she
studied under Yuri Yankelevich. After graduation, she joined the
faculty of Tchaikovsky
Conservatory College. In 1975, she emigrated to the U.S.
She became a
member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1986. Other groups with whom she has
worked include the Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Boston Philharmonic, the
Boston Pops, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Harvard Chamber Orchestra,
In the field
of music education, she has taught at The Apple Hill Center for Chamber
Music, the Boston University Tanglewood
Institute, the Longy School of Music, the New England
Conservatory, and the Tanglewood Music
Center. Her students have included Maria Benotti, Kathleen Derbyshire, Mary A. Moser, David Pretlow, and Trung Le Trinh.
She and a
handful of musicians at the New England Conservatory enjoyed a rare
opportunity in May 1994 to give the first modern performance of Gioacchino Rossini’s long-lost septet, “La Notte, Temporale, Preghiera, Caccia”.
Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory was shut down for renovations
and Valeria and a handful of others had the honour
to perform in a gala event to close out the “old” Jordan Hall
with the “Octet” of Felix Mendelssohn and “Les Noces” by Igor Stravinsky.
she figures prominently on are Antonin
Dvorak: Double Bass Quintet;
Leos Janacek: Violin Sonata
and P.I. Tchaikovsky: Souvenir of a Beloved Place. Both were recorded with the Apple
Hill Chamber Players, and the latter features Patricia Zander
oftentimes does double duty at the BSO’s
live events, performing in both the main concert and the prelude
concert. Such was the case on 2nd
August 2002 when she and a few of her fellow BSO instrumentalists gave a
generous pre-concert recital that consisted of Francis Poulenc’s “Sonata
for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone”, Corrada Maria
Saglietti’s “Suite for Alto Trombone
and String Quartet”, Franz Schubert’s “String Trio in B
flat”, Sergei Taneyev’s “Trio
in D for Two Violins and Viola”, and Hugo Wolf’s “Italian
at the Longy School of Music’s SeptemberFEST in 2003, along with fellow violinist
Jennifer Elowitch, cellist Andrew Mark, pianist
Sally Pinkas, violist Mark Smith and soprano
Jayne West for a rendering of Howard Frazin’s
“From Sonnet to Song (William Shakespeare)”.
March 2006, the BSO were joined by mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson for a performance of her husband Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs for Mezzo-Soprano
and Orchestra”. The concert
opened with Richard Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel’s
Merry Pranks” and the second half featured Elliott Carter’s “Three
Illusions” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in
A, Op. 92”.
forces with cellist Mickey Katz at NEC’s Jordan Hall for a recital of
chamber music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Dmitri Shostakovich on 3rd
August 2008, she appeared at Tanglewood along
with several other members of the BSO for a prelude concert at Ozawa
Hall. Their program comprised
Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Minuet for Cello and Piano” (from
his “Sonata in C”) and “Piano Trio”, Francis
Poulenc’s “Elegy for Horn and Piano”, Richard Strauss’s
“Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”,
and Joan Tower’s “Petroushkates”.
five other string musicians performed Johannes Brahms’ “Sextet
for Strings No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18” and Richard Strauss’s
“Capriccio, Op. 85” on 2nd May 2010 at the New Life
Community Church in Framingham, Massachusetts.
August 2011, she was back at Tanglewood’s
Ozawa Hall for another pre-concert recital, this time of Dvorak’s “String
Quintet in G, Op. 77”, and Hermann Schroeder’s “Trio No.
1 in E minor, Op. 14”. The
main event included Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3 in E flat major”
(“Eroica”), Arnold Schoenberg’s
“Chamber Symphony No. 1”, and Schumann’s “Piano
Concerto”, with Martin Helmchen at the keys.