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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.
PREMIERE ONLINE CONCERT 6th of March, 2020 at 7PM (UK time):
I will have a premiere YouTube recording which will guarantee quality audio and video:
Plus, I can chat with the audience as it's going on! The concert is free but I have a donation jar up on the events page. The proceeds will be going toward my CD recording. With this pandemic, musicians need to find new ways to reach out to the public. On the positive side of things, people from all over the world (not just here in the UK) can watch this concert. Thank you for your support! Can't be there at the premiere? No worries, the link will be live until the end of the month of March. So, you can watch safely in the comfort of your own home.
Thanks to my student who suggested this, I joined Patreon. Due to Covid all the concerts and touring has stopped (& it probably won't be safe for a while). I also would like to spend more time writing music, record more online concerts, record my CD projects & now, I am recording videos for Bergmann Edition. There are several packages from £2 to £45. By supporting me, this would benefit you and I to bring more music to the community.
Composition news: I am excited to announce that my compositions will be published by Bergmann Editions. Since August 2018, I have written two solo suites: "Wanderlust: Through the Ages, Story of Us, It Takes Two" and "Three Nordic Sketches: Aurora Borealis, Ice, Wings Over Alta". Also I have 4 guitar orchestra pieces, a guitar duo, and a choir Christmas carol. My friends, family and fans, would you please like any of my videos and subscribe to my channel? Thank you! www.youtube.com/valeriehartzell
"Classical Minds" Guitar Festival had it's 1st year in England & it was a huge success. Our faculty included Daniela Rossi, Mathew James, Raymond Burley & myself. classicalmindsfestival.org has videos from the concert and pics from the festival. On April 9-11, 2021, we are going online because of Covid. We welcome back Daniela Rossi & Mathew James and joining us is Eleanor Kelly from Liverpool and flamenco guitarist, Jeremy Garcia who hails from Texas. All classes and lessons are on Zoom but lecture recitals and concerts will be on YouTube, as Premiere events (you can chat with the artists and others as the concert takes place).
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.
My solo composition, Ice
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."