Valeria is a multi-talented Italian clarinetist who moved to Helsinki in April 2017. In Italy, she earned a BA in applied textile arts (2003, Arts’ Institute of Venice), a BA in classical clarinet (2010, Music Conservatory “A. Buzzolla”) and in Denmark a MA in global music, GLOMAS (2015, Royal Academy of Music of Aarhus/Aalborg). Valeria has also been studying and performing the Klezmer music style since 2006; passionate about Hasidism, she has attended seminars and workshops about Klezmer music and Yiddish singing & culture all over the world including the KlezKanada (Canada), Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany), and Safed Klezmer Masterclasses (Israel). She has also performed in various World music styles–especially Middle-Eastern, Eastern-European, Latin-American and Free Improvisation–in multicultural settings world-wide. She is currently living in Helsinki where, beside being the school’s social media coordinator, she teaches clarinet at International School of Music Finland and regularly performs with her Klezmer band, Vallila Klezmorim, and other various World and Arabic music ensembles, as Ahoo Band and Middle-Eastern Musical Trip. She also leads Yiddish dances and has recently founded an All-Female Klezmer Band.
- Where are you from and what instrument/s do you play? I grew up over the bridge of Venice, in Northern Italy and my main instrument is the clarinet. I do also play some flutes, sing and I can make music with almost any instrument. 😉
- If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing? I guess I would be working as an artisan, hand-printing on fabrics and creating with textiles and colors – which is what I did to pay my musical studies and I still do when I feel inspired.
- Where did you study? I have studied classical clarinet at the conservatories of Padova and Adria, in Italy. I then graduated in Denmark as a MA in global music from GLOMAS, the Nordic Master’s program between the Royal Academy of Music of Århus and Sibelius Akatemia. Meanwhile I have been attending several Klezmer music workshops and seminars all around the World (Germany, UK, Poland, Italy, Israel, Canada).
- What was the thing that got you interested in music? I have been playing, literally every afternoon, on a black plastic Yahama recorder since the age of 4, so I guess it was just love at first sight. When then, at 11 y.o., my mother enrolled me in a music school and asked me to choose between violin, piano or clarinet, I remember I thought “I have to blow in it and it is black: it must be the same than my recorder!”. Oh, how wrong I was… Yet I have never regretted that choice!
- What has been your most special musical experience to date? Definitely the GLOMAS education: it absolutely changed my life and approach to music and others! I had the opportunity to study with the best teachers in Klezmer music, my greatest passion, and I am now able to enjoy performing also many different musical styles.
- Do you have any secret/not-so-secret (unmusical) talents? Among others, I think the most appreciated are my cooking skills: Italian food and not only.
- Why are you in Finland? I was living in Denmark and on last couple of years traveling to Finland almost every month because of performing concerts and having very good friends in Helsinki. I was tired of jumping on so many planes, so I decided to be more ecological. 😉
- What is your favourite country to visit? Italy, to my beloved family!
- What is your favourite season? There is no such a thing as a bad season, only bad clothing! 😉 I love flowers and beginnings, so it is Spring.
- If you could take three things to a desert island, what would you take? My precious best-friend, her daughter and a knife (to cut fruits and plants).