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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.
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 will have a donation jar up on the events page. I realise that the holidays is tough on everyone, including us. 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 9th of January, 2021. So, you can watch safely in the comfort of your own home.
I will perform my own composition, music by English composers Chris Dumigan (a world premiere), Timothy Royal, Paul Ibbotson, and Mark Houghton, American composer Scott Ouellette, Jason Greenberg (world premiere), French composer Thierry Tisserand, Villa-Lobos, Tárrega and Christmas music to lift your spirits!
Composition news: Am excited that I am finally composing. Since August 2018, I have written three solos as part of a set, "Three Short Stories: Through the Ages, Story of Us, It Takes Two" and a set of three Nordic pieces called "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 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. A big thank you to all the participants, guitar exhibitors and faculty for making it a success.
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.
Wings Over Alta by Valérie Hartzell
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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