piano and theatre
piano and theatre
Valentina Toth (1994, Leeuwarden) presently studies piano at the class of Ellen Corver at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She followed international masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Malcolm Singer and Ruth Nye and a.o. in the Netherlands with Jan Wijn and Ton Hartsuiker.
Since she was 12 years old Valentina played piano and chamber music in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Austria, UK, Italy and the USA. April 2013, at the age of 18 Challenge Classics released her in the Netherlands and abroad praised first cd, Hungarian Horizon with works of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. Opusklassiek choose Hungarian Horizon as Cd of the month May.
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. Recently Valentina is the youngest placed on the list of creative promises 2014 by thepostonline.nl.
Highlights were the opening of the Eem & Weem Festival and the Pianomarathon in the Oosterpoort, Groningen (new grand piano), playing at the Hungarian commemoration 1956, the Grachtenfestival in Carré, for the American Community Trust in Carnegie Hall, New York (at the age of 15), live on TV for Menahem Pressler (Edisongala 2009) and the Uitmarkt Amsterdam in the Concertgebouw and concerts for embassies and governments members.
Valentina is not only a soloist, she is also a chamber musician. She plays with Fréderique Purnot (cross flute) in Duo Spring Friends. With her trio Menotti, she won a first prize at Kamermuziekfestival Hoorn 2012. She soloed with the Fries Symfonieorkest and the Haydn Jeugd Strijkorkest in the Netherlands, Italy and live in 'DVD HJSO' in Mozarts 12th piano concerto and with the Bazuin in Gillinghams Concert (World premiere; live on Frisian radio). In 2011, BNN made a documentary about Valentina, where she gave a concert at the Menuhin School. It was broadcasted on Dutch National Television.
Since 2009 Valentina is youth member of the honorary board of Musicians without Borders, an organization helping traumatized children from different cultural backgrounds to share the beauty and strength of music.
Valentina Tóth (1994, Leeuwarden) 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).
Thanks to prizes she won with her piano music, Valentina was allowed to perform for the NACT in 2009 in Carnegie (Weill) Hall, where she was allowed to sing. She played a role in The “11-stedentocht” van Tryater and was a soloist in the Poverty Requiem fromPeter Maissan, which was live on Dutch TV in Carré. 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 2013, she was accepted to the Musicalwerkgroep, an initiative from Ara Halici and Hester Schrofer. In May 2014 she will give two shows with the Musicalwerkgroep in Het Werktheater in Amsterdam.
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. Highlights were the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht of Janine Jansen, the Vrijthof in Maastricht, Isala Theater in Krimpen aan de IJssel and Domani Klooster in Venlo, at a celebration of a new grand piano in Doorwerth, in Kasteel Amerongen, the Karmel Klooster in Drachten, 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). All three of them study 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).