"Graces be given back to Virginie Reibel-Escoffier, who, surrounded by excellent musicians such as the pianist Romain Descharmes or the harpist Valeria Kafelnikov, pays a great homage to these two composers."
Valeria Kafelnikov is a highly versatile artist whose performances range from period instruments to contemporary creation, from solo recitals to chamber music and orchestral repertoire.
Born in St Petersburg to a musical family, her initial piano and harp studies took place at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. Moving to France with her family at the age of 12, she pursued harp studies with Isabelle Moretti and Fabrice Pierre at the Paris and Lyon Conservatoires, whilst also training in instrumental pedagogy.
As a soloist, Valeria Kafelnikov appears regularly with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Novossibirsk Philharmonic, and the Orchestra “Les Siècles”, performing in such prestigious halls as Paris’ Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
Principal harpist of François-Xavier Roth’s recently founded independent orchestra “Les Siècles”, she also works regularly with the Paris Opera and London’s Covent Garden Royal Opera.
A passionate defender of the music of our time, in 2011 she co-founded the “Lisbeth Project” for counter-tenor, viola d’amour and harp, dedicated to Elisabethan and new music (Frederic Pattar, Ernest H. Papier). A member of the Alternance Ensemble, she has collaborated closely with Klaus Huber and Per Norgard, as well as Pierre Boulez for his work Sur Incises. Her performances of new music have taken her to the Louvre Auditorium, the Reims Opera and Cologne’s WDR.
Eager to engage in cross-disciplinary projects, she initiated a successful musical collaboration with the shadow theatre troupe Compagnie des Rémouleurs in their Nouveau Spectacle Extraordinaire.