piano and theatre
piano and theatre
Valentina Toth (1994, Leeuwarden) graduated with distinction for her Bachelor Studies Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She presently follows the Master Programm Piano at the class of Jan Michiels at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She also studies Acting at the RITCS (Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound) in Brussels. Until 2014, she studied with Ellen Corver at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Since she was 12 years old Valentina played piano and chamber music in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Austria, UK, Lithuania, Italy and the USA. In April 2013, at the age of 18, Challenge Classics released her in the Netherlands and abroad praised first CD, Hungarian Horizon. Opusklassiek chose Hungarian Horizon as CD of the month May. Valentina also received a Diapason d'Or for this CD.
She received the first prize and grand prix at the Damwoude Pianoconcours, first prize and audience prize at the National Princess Christina Concours in the Hague and the first prize at the International Music Competition Stockholm. Amongst others, she was finalist of the Steinway Concours and YPF piano competition, where she soloed with the Enaccord string quartet.
In 2009, when she was 15, she gave a concert in Carnegie Hall in New York. In the same year, she performed live on Dutch Television for Menahem Pressler at the "Edison Gala 2009". In 2015, she gave a sold out lunch concert at the Concertgebouw (small hall) in Amsterdam and she performed during the Effie Awards Gala at the Concertgebouw (big hall).
Valentina is not only a soloist, she is also a chamber musician. With her trio Menotti, she won a first prize at Kamermuziekfestival Hoorn 2012. She is a member of the Volkmann trio, together with Coraline Groen (violin) and Bente Verheul (cello). In 2015, the Volkmann Trio was awarded the Chamber Music Prize of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. They played a concert in Vilnius, Lithuania for The Dutch Embassy in the National Philharmonic of Lithuania. She soloed with the Frisian Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Youth String Orchestra, the Northern Philharmonic, The Frisian Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra.
In 2011, BNN made a documentary about Valentina, where she gave a concert at the Menuhin School. It was broadcasted on Dutch National Television. Valentina is the pianist of the Dutch TV show "De Tiende Van Tijl" in season 4 and 5. In 2015, she played in "Voor Elise", a music theatre piece by Tomoko Mukaiyama. The Princess Christina Competition asked Valentina to make a musictheatre piece, which premiered in January 2016. In the same year, she also made the music theatre piece "Prelude de la Mort de Monsieur Mouche".
Valentina Tóth (1994, Leeuwarden) is currently studying Acting at the RITCS (Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound) in Brussels. She had her theatre debut when she was eight, as Gretl in The Sound of Music. She played roles in musicals from Joop van den Ende and V&V entertainment until she was sixteen. She played in The Sound Of Music, Kunt u mij de weg naar Hamelen vertellen, meneer?, Annie, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and in Ciske de Rat. Also, she played in the opera Hansel und Gretl and as first Boy in The Magic Flute at the Young London Opera and in Platee at Theater Transparant (Belgium).In the same year, she also made the music theatre piece "Prelude de la Mort de Monsieur Mouche".
Thanks to prizes she won with her piano playing, Valentina was allowed to perform for the NACT in 2009 in Carnegie Hall in New York, where she was allowed to sing. In 2012-2013 she played the leading role in Alice in Wonderland from Greg&Baud and in 2013 she played Little Sally in Urinetown. At Europa Cantat 2009 she was guestsoloist in Fantastic Musicals from Herma van Piekeren. With the Frisian Symphony Orchestra, she sang L'ho Perduta from Le nozze di Figaro. In 2014, she played in "Stuck", a play by Hester Schrofer and Ara Halici.
In 2015, she played in "For Elise", a music theatre piece by Tomoko Mukaiyama. The Princess Christina Competition asked her to make a music theatre piece, which resulted in the play "Vooralsnog Onvoorwaardelijk". It premiered in January 2016. In 2016 she made and played the music theatre piece“Prelude de la Mort de Monsieur Mouche”.
The Volkmann Trio consists of Valentina Tóth (1994), piano, Coraline Groen (1996), violin, and Bente Verheul (1995), cello. They met during their studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Individually they have been awarded prizes at various competitions, such as the Prinses Christina Concours, the Nationaal Vioolconcours Davina van Wely and the Steinway Concours. The Trio started in 2013, has already given many concerts and followed lessons, amongst others, with David Dolan, Ellen Corver, Michel Strauss, Peter Brunt and David Kuyken. The trio has the ambition to promote unknown trio compositions. In 2015, the trio was awarded the Chamber Music Prize by the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. They gave a concert in 2015 for the Dutch Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania in the National Lithuanian Philharmonic.
Valentina Tóth, piano (1994, Leeuwarden) and Fréderique Purnot, cross flute (1995, Maastricht) are both multiple prizewinnes among others of the National Prinses Christina Concours 2009 (April), where they met eachother. They perform succesfully as duo ‘Spring Friends’. They followed masterclasses for duo with Sidonie Riha, Marieke Schneemann, Abbie de Quant (Lentepodium) and Janny Lobbezoo and participated in the Rubens Festival and the Orlando Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Since 2009 until 2013 they performed in about fourty concerts in the Netherlands and Belgium, where they combined solo and duo play. They played during the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht of Janine Jansen, the Uitmarkt in Amsterdam, in The Hague and Antwerp (Belgium).
The Menotti Trio consists of Emma Rhebergen (violin), Denise van Leeuwen (clarinet) and Valentina Tóth (piano). They met during their studies at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Individually, they won prizes, among other things at the Princess Christina Competition. The trio is part of "Pieters' Angels", which consists of more students of The Royal Conservatoire. This ensemble performs in different line-ups. The Menotti Trio played at different places in the Netherlands. In 2011, they performed in Kerkrade during the Orlando Festival. In november 2012 they won a first prize at the Chambermusic Competition from the Chambermusic Competition in Hoorn. Thanks to this prize, they were invited to play at different festivals (Grachtenfestival, Kamermuziek Festival Hoorn).