Ana María Valderrama returns to Pamplona, city of the International Violin Competition “Pablo Sarasate”, where she won in 2011 the First Prize and the Special Audience Prize. Together with the pianist Luis del Valle, they will play an homage to Pablo Sarasate, with pieces by Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Chopin, Dubois and Sarasate. The concert will take place next Wednesday 7th of March 2018, 19:30, at the Theater of the University of Navarra’s Museum.

Since her debut as a soloist with conductor Zubin Mehta at the celebration concert of the 70th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen of Spain (at the opening of Sony Auditorium of the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía), Ana Maria Valderrama has established herself as one of the most acclaimed Spanish violinist of her time.

Winner of the 1st prize and Special Audience Prize in the XI International Violin Competition “Pablo Sarasate” 2011, Ana María has become the first Spanish violinist in the history to win this prestigious award. She has won other important competitions, such as “Lisbon International Violin Competition” (Portugal), “VI Certamen de Interpretación Intercentros Melomano” (Madrid), “Primer Palau” (Barcelona), “Novosibirsk International Violin Competition” (Russia), etc.

Ana María has developed an intense concert career performing in countries such as England, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Russia, USA, Mexico or Colombia. As a soloist she has performed with orchestras such as Academic Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersbourg, Novosibirsk Orchestra, Yucatán Symphony Orchestra, Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, Niederbayerischen Philharmonie, Lisbon Music Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, and Cannes Regional Orchestra; in Spain, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Freixenet Orchestra and Sony Chamber Orchestra of the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía”, Orquesta Sinfónica del Vallès. She has worked with renown conductors such as Philippe Bender, Dereck Williams, Antoni Ros Marbà, Emmanuel Leduque-Barome, Xavier Puig, Salvador Brotons, Alejandro Posada, Peter Csaba, Maximiano Valdés, Michel Tabachnik, Michal Nesterowicz, Yaron Traub, David Lockington and Jesús López Cobos, among others.

Ana María is dedicated to performing chamber musician as well. She has played in festivals such as “Open Chamber Music” (Prussia Cove), Festival Internacional de Santander, Festival Internacional de Segovia, “Yellow Barn” (USA), Festival de Música Española de Cádiz, Festival Internacional de Música de Úbeda or Tardes de España Festival (St. Petersbourg) among others, performing in the major halls of Spain, such as the National Auditorium in Madrid, Palacio de Festivales of Cantabria, the Auditorium of Barcelona and the Palau de la Musica Catalana.

Ana María Valderrama has recorded a live CD from the Madrid National Auditorium of Music playing the Lalo’s “Spanish Symphony” with the Freixenet Orchestra and Max Valdés, and many of her concerts have been broadcasted by Spanish National Television and Spanish Classical Radio. In 2016 she recorded the Lorenzo Palomo’s “Fulgores” with the Orquesta de Castilla y León and Jesús López Cobos (Naxos). Her recording titled “À mon ami Sarasate” has won several awards, as “Melómano de Oro” and “Exceptional CD Scherzo”. Next commitments include a recording with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, with Darrell Ang, and also a CD with Víctor del Valle, playing Franck’ Sonata for violin and Brahms’ Sonata no.3
Ana Maria initially studied violin with professor Anna Baget in the Ferraz Conservatory of Madrid. Later on she studied with professors Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volguin at the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía”, where her Majesty the Queen honored Ana Maria with the distinction as “Most Outstanding Student in the Violin section” in the years 2005 and 2007. In 2009 she graduated from the “Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña” with the maximum distinction. She completed her Master studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with profesor Antje Weithaas and the Master Intrumentalsolist at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Nora Chastain, obtaining the highest honours.

Photo: Rubén P. Bescós (link)

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