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A self-described “Slavic cosmopolitan”, Lada Valešová was born in the Czech Republic to a Russian mother and a Czech father. She began her musical training at the age of six in Moscow, continuing her studies at Prague Music Academy, the Prague Music Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she is now based. Acclaimed for her work as Music Director and Pianist in Ivo van Hove’s production of Janácek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared (2018-), she now balances a portfolio career as pianist, conductor and vocal and language coach.

Valešová’s musical interests reflect her dual heritage. As conductor and assistant conductor to Sian Edwards (Iolanta, Opera Holland Park 2019), she has focused on the operas of Tchaikovsky. In 2020 she will be conducting the Opera Holland Park Young Artists performances of Eugene Onegin and John Ramster’s production of Eugene Onegin at Opera West Green House. In the 2020/21 season she will be working with Scottish Opera as an assistant conductor. As pianist, chamber musician and recording artist, she has curated programmes focusing on the music of Pavel Haas ( CD Fata Morgana nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award ), exploring the history of the Dumka in works by Balakirev, Dvořák, Liszt, Lysenko, Martinů and Josef Suk, and surveying twentieth century Czech repertoire for solo piano. New releases include Arion: The Voyage of the Slavic Song with soprano Natalya Romaniw.

As vocal and language coach, Valešová has worked for the Royal Opera, London, Kungliga Operan, Stockholm, Staatsoper Hamburg, Norwegian National Opera, Oslo, New Zealand Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park, Garsington Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Recent and forthcoming engagements in this role include working with Vladimir Jurowski on Claus Guth’s new production of Jenůfa at the Royal Opera, London, and with Ivor Bolton on Christof Loy’s production of Rusalka at the Teatro Real, Madrid. Her conducting training began after years of working closely in opera and participating in masterclasses in London and Moscow, and has been overseen and supported by Sian Edwards, Vladimir Ponkin and Miriam Němcová. She has also undertaken a year of Continued Professional Development at the Royal Northern College of Music, working with Mark Heron and Clark Rundell in the RNCM Conducting Department.

Piano Solo

D. Scarlatti
Sonatas, selection

J.S.Bach
Preludes and Fugues from Well Tempered Klavier, selection.

Bach-Busonni
Chorale Prelude “Nunn komm’ der Heiden Heiland”

G.F.Handel
Suite No.8 in F minor

J.Haydn
Sonata in E flat major Nr. 59 Hob. XVI/49

W.A.Mozart
Sonata in B flat major KV 333
Fantasie in C minor KV 475

L. van Beethoven
Sonatas:
C minor Op. 10 Nr. 1
C minor Pathétique Op. 13
E major Op. 14 Nr. 1
D major Pastorale Op.28
A flat major Op. 110

32 Variations in C minor WoO 80

J.N.Hummel
Variations for Piano

F. Schubert
Wanderer Fantasy in C major Op. 15

J. Brahms
Three Intermezzos Op. 117

F.Liszt
Vallée d‘ Obermann Années de Pèlerinage, Suisse

F.Chopin
Etudes, Nocturnes: selection

P.Tchaikovsky
The Seasons, piano cycle
Dumka Op. 59

B. Smetana
Dreams, piano cycle
Czech Dances, piano cycle
Concert Etude On the Sea-Shore Op. 17
Scherzo-Polka Op. 5

J. Suk
Spring Op. 22a, piano cycle
Song of Love op. 7

L. Janácek
In the Mist, piano cycle
On the Overgrown Path, piano cycle
Intimate Studies, collection of piano miniatures

B.Martinu
Etudes and Polkas, Book 1
Film in Miniature, piano cycle
Spring

P. Haas
Suite for Piano Op. 13
Allegro Moderato

V.Novák
Reminiscences Op. 6, piano cycle

K.Slavický
Three Pieces for Piano

A.Skrjabin
Sonata Nr. 4, Op. 30
Six Preludes Op. 13

S. Rachmaninoff
Etude Tableaux Op. 39 Nr. 5
Variations on a Theme by Corelli Op. 42

S. Prokofjev
Old Granny’s Tales Op. 31
“Obsession diabolique” op.4 nr. 4

C.Debussy
Images, Book 1

F. Poulenc
Three Pieces for Piano

B.Bartok
Allegro Barbaro SZ 49

Concertos

L. van Beethoven
Concerto nr. 3 in C minor

F. Liszt
Concerto nr. 2 in A major

E. Grieg
Concerto in A minor

S. Rachmaninoff
Concerto nr. 2 in C minor

G. Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue

L. Janácek
Concertino

Chamber Orchestra and Two Pianos

B. Bartok
Sonata for Two Pianos, Percussion and Strings

C. Saint-Saëns
Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)