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“Valérie is an enrapturing classical guitarist...”
— BBC Introducing
WELCOME TO MY PAGE
Welcome to my web site! Here you will find information on upcoming events, you can watch videos, listen to radio broadcast from National Public Radio (U.S.), and purchase both CDs, Ex Tenebris Lux and Presti which were recorded at the Houston NPR studios. Ex Tenebris Lux is distributed by Soundset Recordings.
April is a very exciting month cause I'm going to Taipie, Taiwan for 15 days! I'm participating in an Arts Festival at the Taipei American School. On the final programme I'll be playing two movements from Claude Bolling's "Picnic Suite" (Canon & Tendre), Asturias by Albéniz (arr by Segovia/Hartzell), and Rodrigo's "Fantasia para un gentilhombre" Concerto (Canario). The concert is April 19th. I'm also going to be performing my own solo composition, "It Takes Two" for 600 people at an Award's Ceremony that same week!
Composition news: Am excited that I am finally composing. Over the holidays, I wrote my second solo, "Through the Ages." Already have 3 guitar orchestra pieces, 2 solos, and one duo.
Brand new recording of Paul Ibbotson's "Circular Motion". To listen, please click here: Circular Motion
BBC Radio 3 invited me to perform, July 16th, 2017 on the BBC Introducing Stage at the Latitude Festival and it was an absolute honour because I was the only classical musician to be chosen from the short list of 117 people. Introducing me to the stage was Radio 3 presenter, Suzy Klein. A month later I was invited back by Radio 3 to perform live and give an interview with host Sara Mohr-Pietsch for the show "In Tune". I performed my arrangement of "Asturias" by Albéniz, "A Moment Alone" by Chris Dumigan and "Fuoco" by Roland Dyens. This was an incredible and fun experience!
English composer Paul Ibbotson asked if I would work with him on his new composition (editing, fingerings, etc), Romanza-Barcarolle and then record it. To listen, please go to Itunes.
In January 2017 I was appointed Musical Director and conductor to the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra! They are a high level guitar orchestra and have a diverse and challenging repertoire. I am excited about conducting and working with them for many years to come!
For more information on upcoming concerts & workshops, please visit the Events Page. Thank you for visiting! Please leave me a comment on my Contact Page and you can also join my emailing list to be keep up to date on upcoming events.
Ode to St Valentine's Day: Fairy Pools of Skye (chamber music concerto) with first chair of the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra, Mathew James. The piece is dedicated to my husband, Robert Nejako.
CKWR: Women in Music
CKWR, 98.5 FM, with host Tom Quick on June 10, 2013. He featured the entire Sonata III by Ponce from my solo recording "Ex Tenebris Lux."
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