Valeria Kafelnikov is a highly versatile artist whose performances range from period instruments to contemporary creation, from solo recitals to chamber music.
Born in St Petersburg to a musical family, her initial piano and harp studies took place at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. Moving to France with her family at the age of 12, she pursued harp studies with Isabelle Moretti and Fabrice Pierre at the Paris and Lyon Conservatoires, whilst also training in instrumental pedagogy. She followed master-classes with Georgy Kurtag and Pierre Boulez. In 2001 and 2002 he has been part of Verbier Youth Orchestra and worked with James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch.
As a soloist, Valeria Kafelnikov appears regularly with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, l’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Les Siècles, playing under such conductors as François-Xavier Roth, Louis Langrée, performing in such prestigious halls as Paris’ Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
A passionate defender of the music of our time, she joined in 2019 the Ensemble InetrContemporain created by Pierre Boulez. She also has premiered a number of solo or chamber music works, which have been written especially for her, including those from Frédéric Pattar, Aurelio Edler-Copes, Ernest H.Papier. In 2011 she co-founded the “Lisbeth Project” for counter-tenor, viola d’amour and harp, dedicated to Elisabethan and new music. She also shares projects with Béla quartet.
She is very interested in period instruments and history of interpretation. Since 2005 she is member of François-Xavier Roth’s independent orchestra “Les Siècles”. She gives recitals on 18thcentury harp, Erard harp and modern harp.
Eager to engage in cross-disciplinary projects, she initiated a successful musical collaboration with the shadow theatre troupe Compagnie des Rémouleurs in their Nouveau Spectacle Extraordinaire.
Valeria Kafelnikov can be heard in the critically acclaimed CD 'Forgotten Voices' (Saphir, 2012), performing chamber music of Leo Smit alongside Virginie Reibel.